Roll Up a Sleeve to Help #RestockTheShelves

August 2015 Appeal_Platelet Plasma needWith the kiddos heading back to school in some areas and vacation tans starting to fade, it may feel like summer is beginning to wind down. For the American Red Cross, though, summer isn’t over yet, and it still needs blood and platelet donations to help ensure a sufficient blood supply throughout August. 

Platelet donors and those with types AB, O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed to help restock Red Cross shelves and prevent an emergency shortage. Donors are encouraged to download the free Blood Donor App to schedule a convenient appointment and keep abreast of current blood supply needs. The app even notifies donors when their donation is distributed to a hospital.

If you gave earlier this summer, you might be eligible to give again. For those who have been meaning to donate, but haven’t gotten around to it, please don’t put it off until some other time. 

How important is it to donate this month? From June through August, on average, about two fewer donors schedule an appointment at Red Cross blood drives than what is needed for patients. That can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the summer. Your donation counts more than you might think. 

If you are unable to give blood, you can still support the Red Cross by signing up to host a blood drive, volunteering your time, asking others to donate or creating a SleevesUp virtual blood drive.

Every day this summer is a chance to help save lives. Please make an appointment to help #RestockTheShelves by downloading the Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

9/11 Memorial Blood Drive

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Ridgewood Red Cross Club to Host Blood Drive

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12-Year-Old Raises Funds for Nepal Earthquake Relief

Young Nepal donor from Plainsboro

After a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal, 12-year-old Adhit Menon of Plainsboro wanted to help. The sixth-grader made origami flowers, which he and his brother Abhik sold to their fellow Community Middle School students to raise funds to support Red Cross disaster relief efforts in Nepal.

Adhit presented the money he raised to Barbara Latady, senior director of individual giving, Red Cross North Jersey Region (center) and Joelle Piercy, program specialist volunteers and youth services, Red Cross North Jersey Region on June 18 at the Red Cross in Princeton.

The Red Cross is grateful to Adhit and all who have supported the on-going relief efforts in Nepal. To learn about Red Cross response in Nepal, please visit

North Jersey Region Honors Volunteers

Each of the Red Cross North Jersey Region’s three chapters honored its volunteers for their years of service during their recent annual meeting.


“Volunteers are the heart of the American Red Cross,” said Christy Hodde, interim regional CEO, American Red Cross North Jersey Region. “We are grateful for the fantastic work they do in our communities each and every day.”



Fifty Years
Andrew Bertone

Forty Years
Ruth Gardner and Neil Spear

Thirty-five Years
Andrew Krupa

Thirty Years
Mary Hamilton and Virginia Molinaro

Twenty-five Years
Edith Barrier and Edward Pavlick

Fifteen Years
Ruth Carrara, Carmella Chillemi and Lena Tanis

Ten Years
Patricia Aigotti, Arlene Blaum, Alan Breach, Marty Campbell, Samuel Cervantes, Catherine Chesnovitz, Alan Chomiak, Susann Connors, Louise DiDomenico,
Jonathan Fairchild, Naomi Fassler-Theisz, Kelly Ferguson, Dulce Ferreira, Jackie Garber, Juan Gomez, Daniel Higgins, Beverly Joroff, Joel Joroff, Nick Kalenikoff,
Kenneth Kopperl, Arthur LaValle, Jacques Lheritier, Sharon Luneski, Debbie McDonald, Leland McQuade, Gina Miranda-Diaz, Lori Mott, Marilyn Niethe, Cheryl Olcheski, Isabel Perlaki, Lesley Rafes, Marilyn Ralston, Mary Ann Reid, James Rich, Juliet Rothenberg, Sheryl Starr, Judith Storms, Rhonda Thompson, Gina Tosatto,
Christopher Troyano, Russell VanNess, Barbara Vandenbergh, Raymond Vega and Sandra Wilson

Five Years
Odeh Ahmad, Michael Altmann, Marie Andreozzi, Ofelia Andres, Madeehah Aslam, Sylvia Banna, Richard Border, Jessica Caraballo, Freida Christener, Laura Clar,
Fred Coppola, Frances Dommeleers, William Epstein, Cheryl Flood, Deborah Goldy, Andrew Herrmann, Jeff Joseph, Margaret Kelly, Chloe Kim, Starks Lewis, Olga Maali,
Ruth Martillo, Margie McCord, Anne McCormick, John McGuire, Janet McKernan, Pamela Meisel, Thomas Neilan, Eddie Pavlick, Nahid Paydar, Rosalie Penna, Maddie Perlman-Gabel, Lillian Porro, Patrick Rafferty, Lillian Rich, Carlos Sanchez, Gail Schansinger, Paul Sullivan, Robert Vanderhoef, Karen Veintimilla, Carline Vincent, Kieran White and Nan Zhong.


Group Photo

Fifty Years
Bob Newkirk

Forty Years
Cynthia McConnell

Twenty Years
Sheila Keefe and John O’Connell

Fifteen Years
Elmer Dey and Carol Heaney

Ten Years
Laura Berger, Katherine Borra, Gloria Briggs, Edward Callahan, Agnes Clyne, Laura Eure, Paul Fuller, Jason Gowers, Catherine Harris, Charles Irwin, Molly Lenz, Harriet Lifson, Janet Miller, Mary Ann Moore, Eileen Musarra, John Musarra, Anthony Novellino, Anna Novellino, Karen Paz, Ottilie Rung, Shari Seffer, Lorraine Sleeper, Iris Stoloff
and Charles Sweetman

Five Years
Peter Alexander, Maria Araujo, Richard Ash, Ana Baracaldo, Douglas Bean, Dea Benson, Karen Bezem, Mary Bitting, Linda Blatt, Paul Boegershausen, Julianne Brown,
Linda Condie, Bradley Dworkin, Brittney Fleming, Lynda  Frankel, Marilyn Frankel, William Holder, Paul Kalamaras, Zeba Khan, Gail Kuzyszyn, Dennis Lee, Siew Fong Lee, Fred Lehne, Howard Liebmann, Kelly Marcus, Deborah Marinuzzi, Kristin Martin, Margaret McGinley, Linda Meisner, Martha Mitra, Laurie Morse, Bobbie Peer, Lou Piccoli, Megha Rahi, Barbara Ryan, William Ulrich, Gwen Urwin-Novack, John Vander Zee, Larry Wasserman, Robert Wichtendahl, Rebecca Wickins and Michael Williams


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Twenty-five Years
Bob Morgan

Fifteen Years
Kyle Chu and Karen Power

Ten Years
Helen Austerlitz, Katherine Barnish, Kenneth Brinson, Sherrill Cabbell, Jay Chandran, Tara Doran, David Eardley, Marilynn Fiure, Harold Gabbay, Marv Goodman,
Donna Goudy, Michael Hollander, Rosalie Jasinski, Joan Klimpl, Alice Matthews, Janet George Murnick, Kathryn Paragano, Sandy Pollara, Samuel Roth, Beverly Stern,
Helen Trippe, and Charles Way

Five Years
April Anderson, Laura Briceno, Dawn Brower, Carolyn Brunning, Bob Brunning, Martina Falgares, Sheryl Fuller, Satya Gatiganti, Ni-Zhang Golaz, Patrice Hoey, Douglas Jones, Edward Koch, Kathy Kuit, Sheryl Levine, Cathay Lovell, Michele Mariano, Anthony Montalto, Premkumar Poomaniraj, Kathleen Rutar, Arnesh Sahay, Carlie Skellington,
Karen Skellington and Darlene Taylor

A big thank you to all of 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. Join us!

Join Us June 30 for Volunteer & Staff Blood Donor Day

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