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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, 2016
Donors can choose their day to help save lives during summer awareness campaign ST. PAUL, Minn. — The American Red Cross urges blood and platelet donors to choose their day to give and help ensure blood is available for patients all summer long during its annual summer awareness campaign,...
May 13, 2016
Special blood drive held to emphasize need for blood in trauma situations ST. PAUL, Minn. — May is Trauma Awareness Month, and the Minnesota Metropolitan Regional Trauma Advisory Committee is hosting a blood drive at Regions Hospital to bring awareness for the need for blood, specifically...
May 5, 2016
Family, friends organize blood drives to honor critically injured cyclist   EAGAN/BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Three American Red Cross blood drives on May 17, June 1 and 29 are opportunities for the community to show support for local resident Bryan Joas and help save the lives of others in...
April 27, 2016
Andover community encouraged to give blood in honor of kidney transplant and blood recipient   ANDOVER, Minn. — Zachary Elsenpeter, a 12-year-old kidney transplant and blood recipient, will be honored at an American Red Cross blood drive on May 12. All eligible donors are encouraged to...
April 26, 2016
Hastings community encouraged to give blood in honor of local blood recipient HASTINGS, Minn. — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in honor of Danielle Anselment on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church where Anselment and her family attend, Hope Lutheran Church,...
April 25, 2016
Red Cross urges blood and platelet donation in recognition of Trauma Awareness Month ST. PAUL, Minn. — May is Trauma Awareness Month and the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood or platelets to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for trauma patients and...
April 7, 2016
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Every two seconds a patient in the United States needs a blood transfusion. As the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals in the U.S., the American Red Cross is seeking volunteer transportation specialists to help deliver lifesaving blood products to...
March 28, 2016
DULUTH, Minn. — For one Duluth resident, having a birthday is more about giving than receiving. To commemorate her 40th birthday, Sharon Yung has created a weekend of giving for family, friends and the community to help celebrate by volunteering at select community projects — including...
March 23, 2016
ST. PAUL, Minn. (March 23, 2016) — The American Red Cross has a significant need for type O negative blood donors to donate blood for patients. Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is often used in emergency situations. While less than 7 percent of the U...
March 16, 2016
MAPLETON, Minn. (March 14, 2016) — March is Red Cross Month, a time to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people down the street and across the country. However, the Red Cross couldn’t fulfill its mission of helping save lives like Dave Keller’s, without the generosity of...