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)





May 18, 2017
David Hall died in 2013 following leukemia battle KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — For four years, David Hall battled cancer. Now, for the fifth straight year, Hall’s family and friends, the City of Kirksville, Kirksville Masonic Lodge No.105, Adair Masonic Lodge No. 366 and the American Red Cross...
May 16, 2017
Fredbird and Team Fredbird to appear at locations on June 14-15 ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The St. Louis Cardinals, Fox Sports Midwest and the American Red Cross encourage fans to ‘knock it outta the park’ by donating blood to help save lives June 13-15 at various St. Louis area...
May 9, 2017
Celebrate Trauma Awareness Month and help to save lives Hermann, Mo. — The American Red Cross is teaming up with the Hermann Area Ambulance District by hosting a blood drive on Monday, May 22 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 510 W. 16th Str. in Hermann.
April 27, 2017
Owensville community encouraged to give blood   OWENSVILLE, Mo. — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in honor of Karen Waters on Thursday, May 18 from noon to 6 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 404 S. 1st Street, Owensville.
April 20, 2017
Red Cross urges blood and platelet donation during Trauma Awareness Month During Trauma Awareness Month in May, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help ensure lifesaving blood is available for patients with traumatic injuries and other serious medical needs by donating blood or...
April 10, 2017
Annual spring drive scheduled April 24-26 at MizzouRec COLUMBIA, Mo. (April 10, 2017) — The University of Missouri and the American Red Cross will soon team up for the annual spring “Give Back For The Future” Blood Drive, helping to save lives through blood donations.
April 5, 2017
KIRKWOOD, Mo. (April 4) - The American Red Cross and North Kirkwood Middle School are teaming up for their 8th annual blood drive. Each year students volunteer with faculty to help at the blood drive as a way of giving back to the community.
April 3, 2017
Eligible blood donors of all blood types are encouraged to give blood through the American Red Cross this spring to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients.   Donated blood is perishable and must constantly be replenished to keep up with hospital patient need. Red blood cells are...