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) 




March 19, 2018
Though spring has officially arrived, the American Red Cross blood supply is still recovering from severe winter storms in March. Donors of all blood types are urged to roll up a sleeve and help save lives.   Winter weather in parts of the country forced more than 270 blood drives to cancel,...
March 13, 2018
MARSHALL, Minn. — The Marshall community is hosting the second annual Spring into Life blood drive March 30 and 31 at the Marshall YMCA. The public is invited to give blood and be a part of the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross.  
March 1, 2018
In March, while basketball teams are fighting for the chance to be crowned champions, patients battling cancer and other illnesses are fighting for their lives. The American Red Cross is asking blood donors to help patients rebound by making a lifesaving donation this spring.   Middle school...
February 19, 2018
The American Red Cross invites the community to join its lifesaving mission by giving blood this March in celebration of Red Cross Month.   Every day, thousands of patients depend on blood donations to help save their lives. Tiffany Poynter is among those grateful blood recipients. After...
February 16, 2018
CHASKA, Minn. — The Chaska High School dance team is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive March 14 in memory of ‘06 alumna Lauren Beckman-Gillespie.  Beckman-Gillespie was a captain of the high school dance team and is remembered as a role model and positive influence for the...
February 9, 2018
Community invited to help pay if forward and give the gift of life   FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — Aaliyah Beganovic is a happy and healthy 2-year-old girl who loves to dance, play with her dolls and spend time with her brothers. Unlike many other children her age, Aaliyah is a liver transplant...
February 5, 2018
Winter storms and the flu don’t just mean a lot of people are missing work and school – it also means they can’t keep their American Red Cross blood and platelet donation appointments. The Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve to help maintain...
January 23, 2018
Ongoing severe winter weather has more than doubled the number of canceled American Red Cross blood drives and the resulting blood and platelet donation shortfall since earlier this month. The Red Cross now considers the situation critical and is reissuing an urgent call for blood and platelet...
January 11, 2018
Community invited to #GiveNow to help address a winter blood donation shortage  
January 8, 2018
Community invited to give more life in honor of 6-year-old Ava King RICE LAKE, Wis. — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10, in honor of Rice Lake’s  Ava King. Ava, 6, needs a blood transfusion every four weeks due to Diamond Blackfan anemia, a rare...