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)





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.
November 1, 2017
EDINA, Mo. – The American Red Cross is again partnering with family and friends of Logan Allen to host a blood drive in his memory Monday, Nov. 13 at the Knox County Community Center. Allen was just 15 years old when he died in 2013 as a result of an accidental gunshot wound.  He was a...
November 1, 2017
The American Red Cross encourages people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need.  
October 19, 2017
With the busy holiday season approaching, the American Red Cross encourages donors to give blood now to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this winter.   Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, many regular donors delay giving due to holiday activities and travel. This often...
October 9, 2017
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and others.  
September 24, 2017
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need.   Some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is important to meeting the medical needs of an...