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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 1600's to the present


Media Contact

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

Sue Thesenga, External Communications Manager 
North Central Blood Services Region
(651) 291-3290 (p) | (651) 895-7542 (c) 




May 23, 2017
ANDOVER, Minn. — Thirteen-year-old Zachary Elsenpeter, an Oakview Middle School student, is a typical teenage boy who loves skateboarding, riding his bike with friends and baseball. Unlike many his age, Zachary has had two kidney transplants and needed multiple blood transfusions to help save...
April 21, 2017
Red Cross urges blood and platelet donation during Trauma Awareness Month ST. PAUL, Minn. —  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...
April 10, 2017
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The American Red Cross is encouraging the West Side community to help increase diverse blood donations. A special blood drive will be held April 20-21 at the Red Cross St. Paul Blood Donation Center. The blood drive will help educate and build awareness of the need for blood...
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...
March 24, 2017
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The American Red Cross is issuing a call for platelet and type O negative and AB blood donors to make an appointment to give after severe winter weather in some parts of the country caused about 250 Red Cross blood drives to cancel in March, resulting in more than 8,500...
March 8, 2017
Flandreau community encouraged to give blood, March 30 FLANDREAU, S.D. — Hovakah Bosin Jr. is a bright, happy, loving 6-year-old Flandreau Elementary School student who loves video games. Unlike others his age, Hovakah has received blood and platelet transfusions for acute lymphoblastic...
March 7, 2017
Red Cross urges all eligible donors to donate blood, March 30 and 31 MARSHALL, Minn. — The Marshall community is hosting a Spring Into Life blood drive March 30 and 31 at Living Word Lutheran Church. The public is invited to give blood and be a part of the lifesaving mission of the American...
March 1, 2017
All eligible blood donors are encouraged to give blood and help save lives in March, Red Cross Month. Donating is easier than ever with the Blood Donor App and RapidPass.  
February 23, 2017
Faribault community is invited to help save lives and meet the constant need for blood FARIBAULT, Minn. — Students and faculty at the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf invite the community to help save lives at an American Red Cross blood drive March 6 from 1 to 7 p.m. in the Quinn Hall...
February 20, 2017
MHC Software hosts #JoasStrong blood drive March 8 BURNSVILLE, Minn. – MHC Software invites employees and the community to give blood in honor of employee Bryan Joas at their Burnsville headquarters March 8.