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The resources on these pages provide current information for media professionals to share with their audiences. We invite members of the press to use this information or to contact our communications staff for additional statistics, commentary on current issues, or to arrange interviews with staff experts.


Additional Resources

  • National Media Resources Center
    Visit the American Red Cross National Media Resource Center for the latest press releases and other information to help share stories about the Red Cross mission.

  • Blood Facts and Statistics
    Facts about blood, the donation process, blood components, testing, the need for blood and the American Red Cross Blood Services

  • History of Blood Transfusion
    A pictorial timeline highlighting significant moments in the history of transfusion from the 1600s to the present


Media Contact

If you have questions or would like to schedule a media interview, please contact:

Joe Zydlo, External Communications Manager
Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region
(314) 658-2036 (o)│(314) 422-8613 (c)





August 8, 2016
Marion, Ill. - The American Red Cross announced that its valued partner Heartland Regional Medical Center has reached bronze-level status in the Red Cross’ Champions for Life program. The mission of the American Red Cross Biomedical Services is to provide the American people with the safest,...
August 5, 2016
CENTRALIA, IL. (Aug. 5, 2016) — The Central City/Centralia Lions Club in conjunction with the American Red Cross has announced that the scheduled blood drive on Aug. 12 will now be in memory of Terry and Rhonda Hatcher. The drive will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Central City Lions Shelter...
August 1, 2016
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – On Tuesday, August 16 the Red Cross and friends of both families will be holding a blood drive in honor of Jersey Jo Sullivan and Stormi Jo Bunch at Preferred Family Healthcare from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the fifth year a blood drive has been held in honor of Jersey Jo,...
July 25, 2016
While thousands of people from across the country responded to the emergency request for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, a critical blood shortage remains. The Red Cross urges eligible donors to give now to help ensure blood is available throughout the...
July 19, 2016
ST.LOUIS, Mo. — The American Red Cross announced that the second annual Lifesaver blood drives will occur on August 5, 6 and 8 around the St. Louis area and parts of Southwestern Illinois. The goal of the drives is to create awareness of summer blood shortages, and replenish supplies ensuring...
July 13, 2016
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — For the fifth consecutive year, Zimmer Radio stations 94.3 Kat Country, 101.9 The Wave and News Radio 950 KWOS are teaming up with the St. Louis Cardinals and the American Red Cross to help save lives and honor teenager, Hudson Lee.
July 11, 2016
KIRKSVILLE, Mo.  Kirksville Daily Express, Radio Park, KTVO, KLTE Bott Radio, Cable One, Rehoboth Baptist Church and the St. Louis Cardinals are teaming up to help save lives at an important time of year. Blood and platelet donations often decline during the summer months when busy summer...
July 5, 2016
The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, urging all eligible donors to give now to replenish an extremely low summer blood supply. 
June 28, 2016
EDINA, Mo. — Randy Gossman devoted his life to his community. He was a deacon and church board member at the Edina Christian Church, a member of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce and a local business owner. He also helped his community by donating blood, and before his death in 2010, was...
June 7, 2016
ST. LOUIS, Missouri — The American Red Cross is partnering with Nexcare Bandages and supermodel Niki Taylor to urge eligible blood and platelet donors to give this June in honor of World Blood Donor Day on June 14.