Urgent Need for Blood and Platelet Donors

American Red Cross intern Alyssa Duffy donating blood during Staff and Volunteer Donation Day at the Red Cross Blood Center Northern New Jersey in Fairfield on July 29, 2014.
Red Cross intern Alyssa Duffy donating in Fairfield.

The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage, leading to an urgent need for donors of all blood types to donate. Donations were down 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected.

Chief Programs Officer Carol Chang donating blood in Princeton on July 29th.
Red Crosser Carol Chang donating in Princeton.

In an effort to help maintain the blood supply, Red Crossers in the North Jersey Region rolled up their sleeves during Staff & Volunteer Donation Day on July 29 at the Red Cross Central New Jersey Donation Center in Princeton and the Red Cross Blood Center Northern New Jersey in Fairfield.

American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey board member Ed Susco donating blood during Staff and Volunteer Donation Day at the Red Cross Blood Center Northern New Jersey in Fairfield on July 29, 2014.
Red Cross board member Ed Susco donating in Fairfield.

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Share your good health! Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.

There is also an urgent need for platelet donations. Platelets – a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, burn victims and bone marrow recipients – must be transfused within five days of donation, so it’s important to have a steady supply of platelets on hand.

With schools out of session and many regular donors busy or on vacation, it’s important to remember that patients don’t get a break from needing blood — the need is constant.

Red Crosser Barbara Reiff donating in Princeton on July 29th.
Red Crosser Barbara Reiff donating in Princeton.

Every day this summer is a chance to give hope to patients in need and their network of family and friends. July 13 marked the half-way point for the Red Cross campaign “100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope.”

Blood and platelet donations are needed now and for the rest of the summer. Individuals who donated blood earlier this summer may now be eligible to donate again and help patients such as accident victims, heart surgery patients and children with blood disorders.

American Red Cross intern Patrick Charvza donating blood during Staff and Volunteer Donation Day at the Red Cross Blood Center Northern New Jersey in Fairfield on July 29, 2014.
Red Cross intern Patrick Charuza donating in Fairfield.

Many people say they don’t give blood or platelets because they were never asked. Consider yourself asked! Please roll up a sleeve and give blood for patients in need and help prevent an emergency shortage.

HOW TO DONATE BLOOD 

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to find a nearby donation opportunity, make an appointment or for more information. In addition to Red Cross blood drives hosted throughout the region, donors can make an appointment to give blood at the region’s donor centers.

American Red Cross Central New Jersey Donor Center

707 Alexander Road
Suite 701
Princeton, NJ 08540

Donation Types: whole blood and platelet pheresis

Monday: 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (platelet pheresis)

Tuesday: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Saturday: 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (whole blood)

American Red Cross Blood Center Northern New Jersey

209 Fairfield Road
Fairfield, NJ 07004

Donation Types: whole blood

Tuesday: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

First and third Saturday of each month: 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

American Radio Relay League Field Day

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New Jersey State Forest Fire Tower near Ringwood. Photo by Dave Everson

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) held its annual Field Day over June 28 and 29 at the American Red Cross in Princeton. Field Day is an opportunity for area amateur radio clubs to show how they operate during abnormal situations with less than optimal conditions.

Amateur radio is the distinction the Federal Communications Commission makes between radio transmissions for public service and those made for commercial service.

For most clubs the Field Day is an overnight, camp-out event where members attempt to transmit and receive transmissions from as many other radio clubs and amateur stations as possible – predominately using alternative power.

During times of disaster, amateur radio clubs throughout the region provide critical support the Red Cross by being prepared to assist if traditional methods of communications, including landlines and cell phones, fail. Amateur Radio operators receive no compensation for the professional work they perform in their service to the Red Cross and other emergency management agencies.

Over time the Field Day has become a contest amongst various clubs – with extra points awarded for visits from Red Cross representatives. As a show of support of the amateur radio clubs and their members, Red Cross North Jersey Region disaster volunteers and staff visited Field Day events throughout the region and beyond.

Frank DiPalma (W2TKE) attended the Montvale NJ OEM Field Day in Montvale; Fred Schlesinger (WW2VEH) visited the Cherryville Repeaters Association in Hunterdon; Sarita Wilson (KC2VYS), Ted Wilson (KC2PJR) and I (KC2UOA) attended the David Sarnoff Radio Club’s event in Princeton; Dave Everson (KC2RIG) is a member of the Ramapo Mountain ARC, which held their Field Day on Skyline Drive in Ringwood; Kung-E Cheng (AC2LU) attended the Nutley Amateur Radio Society’s event in Nutley; I also visited the New Providence ARC Field Day in Berkeley Heights. Mark Herson (N2MH) was outside of New Jersey on Field Day and attended the New Hanover Emergency Services Amateur Radio Association Field Day held at Ogden Park, Wilmington, NC.

For more information about amateur radio clubs, visit:

Cherryville Repeaters Association

Nutley Amateur Radio Society

Ramapo Mountain Amateur Radio Club

New Hanover Emergency Services Amateur Radio Association

David Sarnoff Radio Club

New Providence Amateur Radio Club

Borough of Montvale

By Michael Prasad
Disaster Support Functions Director | American Red Cross North Jersey Region

Red Cross Holds Summer Youth Leadership Conferences

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A student practices using an AED during the Youth Leadership Conference in Netcong.

Red Cross Summer Youth Leadership Conferences are underway across the North Jersey Region where more than 80 high school students will participate in four days of activities to develop leadership skills and learn about emergency preparedness.

This week students at the Youth Leadership Conference in Netcong learned life-saving skills. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, the Red Cross First Aid, CPR/AED course trained students how to properly administer CPR and utilize an AED to provide immediate care during a cardiac or breathing emergency until medical personal arrive. Students also learned how to respond to common first aid emergencies including cuts; burns; head, neck and spinal injuries.

“In addition to CPR training, the conferences offer students the opportunity to develop skills in effective leadership, communication, project planning and diversity awareness through a variety of activities during the week,” said Michelle Esposito, director of volunteer services with the American Red Cross North Jersey Region.

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Summit participants during a creative-thinking exercise.

Each conference includes the following courses:

Government Relations and Civic Responsibility provides students with the tools to make effective change within their communities.

Be Red Cross Ready teaches students how to prepare for disasters.

Exploring Humanitarian Law during which students learn about the Geneva Conventions by engaging in hands-on activities, thought provoking discussions and exploring the powerful and fundamental concept of human dignity in wartime.

Exploring Cultural Diversity helps students build critical thinking skills as they analyze complex questions.

Students also learn how to start a Red Cross Club at their schools by developing a Constitution and learning how to run meetings. Additionally, they will be trained in programs that they can use to become Red Cross ambassadors in their communities.

Youth Leadership Conferences continue in Montclair from July 28 – 31 and in Princeton from August 4 – 7.

VIEW PHOTOS from the Summer Youth Leadership Conferences.

Thanking our Volunteers for Their Years of Service

Both the American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey and the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey honored volunteers for their years of service during recent Clara Barton Society events. 

NORTHERN NEW JERSEY 

Jocelyn Gilman, Red Cross of Northern New Jersey chapter executive, Ed Susco, board chair, Red Cross of Northern New Jersey and Michelle Esposito, regional director of volunteers recognized 57 volunteers on Tuesday, June 24 at The Clubhouse in Montclair.  ??????????????????????????????? 5 Years: Marquerite Baroody, Patti Bonczkowski, Ofira Bondorowsky, Healther Borbely, Eileen Bucher, Jack Casale, Sue Casale, Larry Condit, MaryAnne Condit, Abba Kris Maria Dela Cruz, Kristi Drew, Kimberly Durba, Edoardo Ferrante, Mark Freiling, Elsy Fulgencio, Yolanda Garcia, Salvatore Giangresso, Jeffrey Giesberg, Debroah Gruber, Carroll Gunningle, Niel Haymes, Mary Hiel, Sheila Holmes, Alexander Howie, Lisa Indovimo, Heru Keonte, Virginia Molinaro, Robert Morris, Hector Navarro, Walter Olivia, Elizabeth Ozden, Diane Reinke, Jim Smith, Rev. James Staton, Tiffany Taylor, Shiv Thavamani, Cynthia Uber, Cristina Vasquez, Kathleen Weinberger and Kristen Zuleg 10 Years: Meredith Barrentine, Mary Card, Jack Card, Jackie Cascio, Connie Kearney, Carol Leach, Susanna Lee, Janet Orr and Ruth Scolny 15 Years: Catherine Brodo, Michael Festa and Emma Justice 20 Years: Diana Brown, Jeanne Falco and Mary Harrell 25 Years: Mary Carroll  30 Years: Joe Montan

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Sean Andersen, American Red Cross of Central New Jersey board member, and volunteer Joelle Junior.

CENTRAL NEW JERSEY

Mathieu Nelessen, regional CEO, American Red Cross North Jersey Region, and Sue Hasmiller, Red Cross of Central New Jersey board chair, honored eight volunteers on Wednesday, June 25 at The Nassau Club in Princeton. 5 Years: Kay Hurd, Joelle Junior and Murali Venkataraman 10 Years: Kenneth Heaphy, Susan Mondics and Bryan Fountain 15 Years: Sylvia Fountain and Dwight Wilkinson

Thank you to our volunteers!

BECOME A RED CROSS VOLUNTEER – The Red Cross invites the public to sign up to volunteer and be a part of the lifesaving work it does every day. The Red Cross relies on the generosity of its volunteers to fulfill its mission. There are a variety of ways people can get involved and the Red Cross is looking for diverse volunteers of all ages and skill levels.

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New Jersey Crossroads Honors Volunteers for Years of Service

American Red Cross New Jersey Crossroads honored volunteers for their years of service to the organization at its Annual Meeting on June 18 at the NJ Sharing Network in New Providence.

Christy Hodde, Red Cross New Jersey Crossroads community chapter executive, and Marisa Hottat, volunteer manager, presented awards to 55 volunteers.

25 Years of Service

Ed Borneman, Jack Clemence and Robert Lloyd

Christie Hodde, Red Cross New Jersey Crossroads community chapter executive (left) and Marisa Hottat, volunteer manager (right), honor volunteer Robert Lloyd (center) for 25 years of service at the American Red Cross New Jersey Crossroads Volunteer Recognition Awards on June 18 in New Providence.

Christie Hodde, Red Cross New Jersey Crossroads community chapter executive (left) and Marisa Hottat, volunteer manager (right), honor volunteer Robert Lloyd (center) for 25 years of service at the American Red Cross New Jersey Crossroads Volunteer Recognition Awards on June 18 in New Providence.

“Tonight we call attention to the level of commitment all of the volunteers in the room have demonstrated,” said Hodde. “We are humbled by your dedication and service to the organization.”

20 Years of Service

Geraldine Barton, Sherri DeRose and Irene Sacks

15 Years of Service

 Richard Barrett, William McPhail and Anna VanderSchraaf

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10 Years of Service

Arlene Burian, Fleur Conrad, Judith Gaudino, Thelma Leff, Maria Petrilli, Ray Rochford, William Rosen and Carolyn Rummel

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5 Years of Service

 Robert Arnold, Daniel Baer, Robert Brenner, Linda Carchia, Judith Chester, Vincent Chiu, Patty Christian, Barry Clayton, Margaret Connors, Elizabeth Corvino, Derek DeRosa, Henry Dickson, Gretchen Doner, Eve Goldband, Jay Grossman, Nirza Harris, John Leatherbee, Holly Lenhardt, Jennifer Loia, Marjorie Londono, Donald Mackinson, Carly Maffucci, Joseph Masucci, Maureen Moniz, Dina Morley, John O’Connor, Amanda O’Connor, Arlene O’Connor, Pasqualina Patuto, Richard Pfluger, Malini Raghu, Giselle Rojas, William Roth, Joel Schwartzman, Phyllis Sheppard, Israel Sierra, Stephen Theriot and Sheldon Wu

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Thank you to our volunteers!

BECOME A RED CROSS VOLUNTEER – The Red Cross invites the public to sign up to volunteer and be a part of the lifesaving work it does every day. The Red Cross relies on the generosity of its volunteers to fulfill its mission. There are a variety of ways people can get involved and the Red Cross is looking for diverse volunteers of all ages and skill levels.

 

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