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) 




August 20, 2017
Feel good, do good and look good this September by donating blood or platelets with the American Red Cross and get a free haircut coupon from Sport Clips Haircuts. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood...
August 9, 2017
HENDERSON, Minn. — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held Friday, Aug. 25, in memory of longtime Red Cross volunteer Dick Collins who passed away this past February after battling cancer. He was known as a quiet, friendly and caring person. Collins and his wife, Kitty Jo, were the...
August 7, 2017
The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.   In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital...
July 25, 2017
Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage. Eligible donors of all types are urgently needed.  
July 18, 2017
Give blood to honor legacy of Red Cross advocate and help meet emergency need
July 17, 2017
  BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — This Shark Week, individuals can help save lives and get closer to sharks and other marine life with the American Red Cross at the Sea Life Aquarium at Mall of America Shark Week Blood Drive on Friday, July 28, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 120 E. Broadway. Those who...
July 11, 2017
Le Sueur community invited to help meet the emergency need for blood donations
July 11, 2017
St. Peter community encouraged to help meet emergency need for blood ST. PETER, Minn.  — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Thursday, July 27, in memory of Jackie Johnson, a lifelong resident of St. Peter and employee at Scholarship America. She died in June 2013.  
July 10, 2017
Community invited to help meet the emergency need for blood donations PRIOR LAKE, Minn. — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held Thursday, July 27, in honor of Anna Malmquist. The Shakopee resident was recently diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, an aggressive form of blood cancer.
July 10, 2017
Droessler family encourages community to help meet the emergency need for blood