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Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region

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:

Beth Toll, External Communications Manager 
Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region
(215) 451-4682 (p) (267) 683-5488 (c)



April 26, 2016
Red Cross urges blood and platelet donation in recognition of Trauma Awareness Month   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 others with serious...
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.S. population has type O negative...
March 14, 2016
  Local organizers are hosting an American Red Cross blood drive at Aldrich Elementary School on Mar. 23 to honor pediatric cancer warriors in the Howell community. According to the National Foundation for Cancer Research, approximately 10,380 children under age 15 will be diagnosed with...
March 4, 2016
  As a lifelong Bayonne resident, Frank Polera was not only a loving husband, father and grandfather, he was a well-respected pillar in the community, involved in various leadership capacities in many different local organizations.
March 2, 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 2, 2016
Before she passed away two years ago, Kathy Papasso was already working with fellow members of the Seaboard Chapter Antique Motorcycle Club to sponsor a local blood drive to ensure that blood products would be available to other cancer patients in need of transfusions like herself. “Kathy...
January 26, 2016
Donors needed now after severe winter weather forces blood drive cancellations
January 6, 2016
When 10-year-old Rialee Jacoby was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare cancerous tumor in her legs, she received many blood transfusions as part of her treatment. Since her diagnoses in 2013, Rialee has remained optimistic, and has served as a true inspiration to her friends and family.
January 5, 2016
  What should have been a fun-filled Halloween night of trick-or-treating in Mullica Hill, NJ, quickly turned into a horrific nightmare for the Callan family when one of their twins, seven-year-old Jared, suffered severe second and third degree burns to 35% of his body after his costume caught...
January 4, 2016
  Presenting blood donors at select locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. in January will receive a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee*