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)





September 13, 2017
As the American Red Cross responds to wildfires and historic hurricanes, eligible donors are reminded that giving blood or platelets during National Preparedness Month in September is one way to help ensure the Red Cross is prepared to respond to patient emergencies across the country every day....
August 20, 2017
Feel good, do good and look good this September by donating blood or platelets with the American Red Cross and get a free haircut coupon from Sport Clips Haircuts. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood...
August 7, 2017
The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.   In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital...
August 1, 2017
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. —The American Red Cross is partnering with ‘Team Nate’ to host a blood drive on Tuesday, Aug. 15 in honor of a local boy who is battling leukemia at Preferred Family Health, 900 E. La Harpe St., Kirksville. The drive hours are from 1-5 p.m.
July 26, 2017
Join the Red Cross for livesaving mission during critical shortage ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Join the American Red Cross for the third annual Lifesaver Blood Drives on Aug. 4, 5, and 7 around the St. Louis area and parts of Southwestern Illinois. The goal of the drives is to create awareness of summer...
July 25, 2017
Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage. Eligible donors of all types are urgently needed.  
July 20, 2017
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - The American Red Cross and KFVS12 are encouraging area blood donors to join them on the dark side to help with emergency blood shortages at the annual KFVS Summer Blood Drive Aug. 11 and 12 in Missouri and Illinois. This year’s theme aligns with the pending total...
July 20, 2017
Marceline community encouraged to give blood during critical time MARCELINE, Mo. —The community is once again invited to give blood in memory of Zach Cupp at a special American Red Cross blood drive with family and friends and Marceline Fire and Rescue on Saturday, Aug., 5, from 8 a.m. to 3...
July 14, 2017
July 27 event comes as Red Cross faces critical blood shortage KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — Kirksville Daily Express, Radio Park, KTVO, KLTE Bott Radio, Cable One, Rehoboth Baptist Church and the St. Louis Cardinals are once again teaming up to help save lives at an important time of year. Blood and...
July 13, 2017
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — This Shark Week, individuals can help save lives and get closer to sharks and other marine life with the American Red Cross at the Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium Shark Week Blood Drive July 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 2475 Grand Blvd., in the Crown Center. Those who come...