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 1600s to the present


Media Contact

If you have questions or would like to schedule a media interview, please contact:

Joe Zydlo, External Communications Manager
Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region
(314) 658-2036 (o)│(314) 422-8613 (c)





January 17, 2018
Urgent need now to care for patients like Chris Leahy and Lily LaMartina ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The American Red Cross is once again teaming up with the Brentwood Recreation Center to host a blood drive in honor of Chris Leahy and Lily LaMartina on Friday, Jan. 26 from 2-8 p.m. Chris Leahy, 37, is...
January 17, 2018
11th annual Blues Blood Drive scheduled Jan. 31  
January 12, 2018
CANTON, Mo. – The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive in memory of Karlie King at Canton High School Monday, Jan. 22, from 1 to 6 p.m. Karlie King was 15 years old when she passed away Nov. 29, 2017 due to leukemia. She loved her family, friends and her dogs. Karlie enjoyed spending...
January 8, 2018
This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage.   
December 18, 2017
The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give more life to patients now and into the new year by giving blood or platelets.  
December 4, 2017
The best gifts can’t be bought in a store. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give more life by giving blood this December.   Alison Wissen knows the power of blood donations. She received 22 units of blood products after experiencing complications during childbirth. “...
November 30, 2017
All are invited to donate blood and a new toy Dec. 8 at Belle-Bland Community Center   BELLE, Mo. — The community is invited to join Belle Police Department and Ozark Central Ambulance at a special American Red Cross blood drive Friday, Dec. 8, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Belle-Bland...
November 20, 2017
The holidays are known for the giving spirit and a hectic pace. This holiday season, the American Red Cross is sharing three ways to give the gift of life in less time.   At this time of year many regular blood and platelet donors delay giving due to busy schedules – but the need for...
November 6, 2017
8th annual JoyFM blood drive comes at key time again this year ST. LOUIS — The American Red Cross along with 99.1 JOY-FM and BOOST 101.9 FM are encouraging everyone to donate blood at the 8th annual Perfect Gift Blood Drive Friday, Nov. 24. Everyone who attempts to donate blood will...
November 2, 2017
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The American Red Cross is hosting a first-time blood drive in honor of Ellie Hanney at First Presbyterian Church Sunday, Nov. 19 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.