North Central

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 5, 2017
The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives.   Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer...
June 21, 2017
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. – The Eastview High School National Honor Society is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive Wednesday, June 28, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the high school gym at 6200 140th St. W. This annual blood drive is one of the largest summer blood drives sponsored by a...
June 12, 2017
ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. – Help celebrate the American Red Cross’ century of service in Minnesota by donating blood at a community blood drive June 26 from noon to 6 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis – Park Place, 1500 Park Place Blvd.
June 12, 2017
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood this summer for hospital patients in need and offers three easy steps people can take to help save lives.    Schedule – Use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-...
May 30, 2017
The American Red Cross urges those who have never given blood before –  as well as those who haven’t given recently – to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now and help sustain a sufficient community blood supply this summer.  
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...