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:

Samantha Pollard, External Communications Manager
Midwest Blood Services Region

(402) 321-3576 (c)




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
KSNB is helping patients in need this winter by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive in Hastings, Grand Island and Kearney. This is the third year that the station, now known as Local4, is holding the event. Over the past two years, donors have given more than 150 pints of blood at KSNB’...
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 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 13, 2017
The American Red Cross and the North Platte Jaycees invite the community to #GiveMoreLife by making a blood donation this holiday season. The annual Mistletoe Magic Blood Drive is Friday, Dec. 22.   “The North Platte Jaycees are proud to partner with the American Red Cross for this event...
December 13, 2017
The American Red Cross, KETV Channel 7, and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center are teaming up to provide Omaha metro residents the opportunity to help save a life this holiday season. The annual holiday blood drive is Dec. 18 and 19 at three locations throughout Omaha and Council Bluffs...
December 11, 2017
The American Red Cross and Channel 8 KLKN-TV invite the community to #GiveMoreLife by making a blood donation this holiday season. There are three days to give blood during this year’s Lincoln Holiday Blood Drive – Dec. 19, 21, and 22.   This blood drive comes at a crucial time of...
December 11, 2017
The American Red Cross and KWBE invite the community to #givemorelife by making a blood donation this holiday season. The annual Beatrice Holiday Blood Drive is Thursday, Dec. 28.   “KWBE is encouraging everyone this month to add the holiday blood drive to their calendar,” said...