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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) 




January 20, 2017
Sioux Falls community invited to donate during severe winter blood shortage SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for blood donors. To help reverse this shortfall, Hegg Companies will be hosting a Red Cross blood drive...
January 18, 2017
Following several rounds of severe winter weather in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross urges eligible blood and platelet donors to help restock its shelves to overcome a shortage.   Since Dec. 1, about 300 blood drives across 27 states have been forced to cancel due to...
January 9, 2017
Dedicated blood donor remembered for his giving spirit JORDAN, Minn.  — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in memory of Cyril Wolf on Thursday, Feb. 9. Tragically, Wolf died last year from injuries received when he was hit by a car. To honor his memory, his family is...
January 4, 2017
The American Red Cross has a severe winter blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to make a donation appointment now and help save patient lives.    Hectic holiday schedules for many regular blood donors contributed to about 37,000 fewer...
December 30, 2016
Tony community and Flambeau High School HOSA students honor fallen officer  TONY, Wis. — The Tony community and Flambeau High School HOSA students are dedicating a Jan. 9, 2017, American Red Cross blood drive to Rusk County sheriff’s deputy Dan Glaze, who was fatally shot in the...
December 19, 2016
As freezing temperatures and harsh weather grip much of the nation, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to help meet the constant need for blood this winter.  
December 14, 2016
Local woman encourages others to resolve to give blood to help ensure a stable supply SLEEPY EYE, Minn. — The American Red Cross urges people to share their good health and resolve to give blood regularly, beginning in January with National Blood Donor Month. Sleepy Eye residents will have...
December 14, 2016
Maple Grove family pays it forward to help others MAPLE GROVE, Minn. — Duffer Schulz was known for his kindness and generosity. Before he died in February from complications following heart surgery, Schultz received many blood transfusions. His family wants to continue his legacy of caring by...
December 9, 2016
Give the perfect gift this holiday season – give blood Dec. 21 ST. PAUL, Minn.  — The American Red Cross will continue the holiday tradition of hosting the 12 Hours of Giving Blood Drive, the largest one-day blood drive in Minnesota. The blood drive gives area residents the...
December 8, 2016
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. – On Dec. 22, the American Red Cross and Dunn Brothers Coffee will partner to give something that means something to hospital patients in need at the 10 Hours of Giving Blood Drive. The blood drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Apple Valley Dunn Brothers Coffee,...