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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) 




March 1, 2016
ELLSWORTH, Wis. (March 1, 2016) — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held Wednesday, March 23, in memory of Army Reserve Spc. Bert E. Hoyer at the Ellsworth High School. Hoyer was killed March 10, 2004, when an improvised explosive device hit his convoy while he was serving in Iraq....
February 29, 2016
March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross honors those who donate blood and platelets, organize blood drives and volunteer in communities across the country. These everyday heroes are the face of the Red Cross and help save lives.
February 22, 2016
EAU CLAIRE, Wis.  — While many students were enjoying a holiday break from school this winter, Charles Flaskrud of Eau Claire was helping save lives by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive. The Fall Creek High School junior earned a $1,000 scholarship as a result of his efforts.
January 26, 2016
ST. PAUL, Minn.  — The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors. Severe winter weather since Jan. 1 has forced the cancellation of more than 300 blood drives across 20 states, resulting in more than 9,500 donations uncollected, further depleting an already...
January 11, 2016
ST. PAUL, Minn.  — The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donations to prevent a shortage this winter. Busy holiday schedules in November and December contributed to about 1,700 fewer blood drives held across the country compared to the two previous months,...
December 24, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Hundreds of patients may benefit from the 430 blood donations given today at the American Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region’s largest one-day holiday blood drive. Over 500 people turned out for the 12 Hours of Giving blood drive. The drive comes at a time...
December 17, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. — As millions of Americans make their final gift purchases this holiday season, the American Red Cross reminds eligible donors to give the most meaningful gift of all – the gift of life – by donating blood or platelets.
December 7, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn.  — On Dec. 23, the American Red Cross North Central Blood Services Region and K102 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 opportunity to help...