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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) 




July 8, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.  — The American Red Cross invites everyone to help save lives this summer by participating in the 7th  annual Run for Blood 5K Run/Walk and Community Blood Drive on Saturday, July 25 at Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis.
July 7, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. — This summer, the American Red Cross and Cedar Fair theme parks are partnering to thank those who come out to donate blood or platelets at select blood drives with a free Cedar Fair theme park ticket. Donors also have special access to additional discounted tickets. Two...
June 29, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets and help prevent a summer shortage.
June 22, 2015
LE SUEUR , Minn. — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in memory of Mitch Thune on Monday, July 6, 2015. Mitch began donating blood in high school probably never realizing that he would become a blood recipient himself one day – needing many blood transfusions after being...
May 18, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn.  — The American Red Cross urges donors to choose their day to give hope to patients in need by donating blood or platelets during the “100 days of summer. 100 days of hope.” campaign, officially sponsored by Suburban Propane.
May 11, 2015
PRIOR LAKE, Minn. — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015 in honor of Alex Schlink, a 17-year-old Prior Lake High School student who is currently battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Schlink’s family and friends are rallying behind him by hosting a blood...
April 30, 2015
WINDOM, Minn. — The Windom community is invited to give the gift of life at the upcoming American Red Cross blood drive being held on May 11 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Windom Community Center.  
April 30, 2015
ANDOVER, Minn. — Zachary Elsenpeter, an eleven-year-old kidney transplant and blood recipient will be honored at the American Red Cross blood drive on May 15, 2015.  All eligible donors are encouraged to give blood for patients like Zachery.
April 29, 2015
ST. PAUL, Minn. — This summer, high school and college students can win a scholarship by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive through the Leaders Save Lives program. Registration is now open to host a participating blood drive between June 1 and Aug. 31, 2015.  
April 8, 2015
CAMBRIDGE, Minn. — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Friday, May 8 in memory of Tony Clinton to commemorate what would have been his 24th birthday. Tony is remembered for his giving spirit which helped other families through his gift of organ donation.