How you can Help those Affected by the Earthquake in Nepal

Thank you to all who have reached out regarding how to help those affected by Earthquake in Nepal. Many have asked how they can donate goods to support the families. The American Red Cross does not accept or solicit small quantities of individual donations of items for emergency relief purposes. Items such as collections of food, used clothing, and shoes often must be cleaned, sorted, and repackaged which impedes the valuable resources of money, time, and personnel that are needed for other aspects of our relief operation.

The Red Cross, in partnership with other organizations, suggests that the best use for those types of donations is to support needy organizations within donors’ local communities.

The best way to help those affected by disasters is through a financial donation to the Red Cross. Financial contributions allow the Red Cross to purchase exactly what is needed for the disaster relief operation. Monetary donations to charity also enable the Red Cross to purchase relief supplies close to the disaster site which avoids delays and transportation costs in getting basic necessities to disaster victims. Because the affected area has generally experienced significant economic loss, purchasing relief supplies in or close to the disaster site also helps to stimulate the weakened local economy.

For more information about Red Cross response to this disaster, please visit redcross.org.

Quite a Beautiful Day in Jersey City to Mark 1,000 Smoke Alarm Installations

By Red Cross Volunteer Carmella Ditmars

Another long day, but what a great day in Jersey City — 180 smoke alarm installs and a lot of smiling faces!  Some familiar faces from other events, some new faces to become new friends. Jersey City Department of Public Safety, Fire Department and CERT were such a help to us and our goal to make families safer.

We are really starting to get the hang of this in North Jersey. How far we have come from a very rainy October day in Perth Amboy to the team sharing the success of crushing through our 1,000th smoke alarm installation.

We have learned a lot during these fire safety canvassing events:

  • we prefer the nice weather to the cold weather;
  • canvassing when the temperature is 11C is cold no matter how many layers you wear;
  • our team smiles more after their morning coffee;
  • pens do freeze in the cold weather; and
  • our team really smiles at the end of the day when they hear the total numbers of fire safety discussions and smoke alarm installations.

Long day, sore feet but no matter what the conditions, everyone leaves with a sense of accomplishment and knowing we’ve done something really special.

Red Cross volunteer Carmella Ditmars plays a key role with coordination of Home Fire Preparedness Campaign canvassing events in the North Jersey Region. She's pictured here inside our Emergency Response Vehicle replenishing supplies and bringing refreshments to the volunteer teams canvassing in Jersey City on April 11, 2015.

Red Cross volunteer Carmella Ditmars plays a key role with coordination of Home Fire Preparedness Campaign canvassing events in the North Jersey Region. She’s pictured here inside our Emergency Response Vehicle replenishing supplies and bringing refreshments to the volunteer teams canvassing in Jersey City on April 11, 2015.

VIEW PHOTOS from the Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign

Be a Winner This April at Red Cross Blood Donation Centers

JOIN US at our Blood Donor Centers on Red Cross Blood Donation Day on April 7 or any day this April to donate blood. You’re already a winner in our book and you may have the opportunity to win a gift card as well!

American Red Cross Central New Jersey Blood Donor Center
707 Alexander Road, Suite 302, Princeton, NJ 08540

American Red Cross Blood Donor Center Northern New Jersey
209 Fairfield Road. Fairfield, NJ 07004

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Work of Red Cross Recognized During Red Cross Month

March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for more than 70 years. All of our presidents, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.

Governor Chris Christie and other government officials across the North Jersey Region have issued proclamations in honor of Red Cross Month.

20150303_173406The Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized the work of the American Red Cross with a proclamation presented by Hunterdon County Freeholder Director John King (right) to the Red Cross volunteers Claire Geyer (far left), Kevin Anderson and Sue Schlesinger on Tuesday, March 3 in Flemington.

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The City of Paterson recognized March as ‪‎Red Cross Month‬ with a proclamation presented by Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres (right) to ‪‎Red‬ Cross Disaster Program Manager Rob Pavlick (far left), volunteer Aida Lopez and Red Cross of Northern New Jersey Executive Director Jocelyn Gilman on Wednesday, March 11 at City Hall. Photo courtesy of the City of Paterson.

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The Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized March as ‪‎Red Cross Month with a proclamation presented on Thursday, March 12. Pictured, left to right: Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders William O’Dea, Gerard M. Balmir, Jr., Caridad Rodriguez, and E. Junior Maldonado; Jocelyn Gilman, executive director, American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey; Kenneth Kopacz, Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders; Margie McCord, American Red Cross volunteer; Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders Anthony Romano and Anthony P. Vainieri, Jr., and Claudio Perez, disaster program manager, American Red Cross North Jersey Region. Photo courtesy of Alberto Santos. 

DSC_0005In recognition of Red Cross Month, Mayor Steven Fulop  of Jersey City (second from right) and Junior Maldonado, Chairman of the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders, presented a proclamation to Jocelyn Gilman, executive director, American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey (second from left) and volunteer Margie McCord on Friday, March 20 in Jersey City. Photo courtesy of the City of Jersey City.

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In recognition of the work of the American Red Cross Vincent Prieto, speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly (front left), presents a proclamation to Adrian Huns (front right), chair, American Red Cross of Central New Jersey Board of Directors at the State House in Trenton on March 26. Pictured, left to right: Axel Miranda, Director of New Jersey State Government Affairs, American Red Cross; Taft Barnett, disaster program manager, Red Cross South Jersey Region; Cross Vincent Prieto, speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly; Jocelyn Gilman, executive director, Red Cross of Northern New Jersey; Adrian Huns, chair, American Red Cross of Central New Jersey Board of Directors; Mathieu Nelessen, regional CEO, Red Cross North Jersey Region; Annette Quijano, chairwoman, New Jersey Assembly Committee on Homeland Security and State Preparedness; and Christy Hodde, executive director, Red Cross New Jersey Crossroads.

View more Red Cross Month photos.

Red Cross Blood Donation Day on April 7

Join Us Tuesday, April 7 on Red Cross Blood Donation Day

The American Red Cross invites our staff, volunteers, and community members in the North Jersey Region to give the gift of life by donating blood at our Blood Donor Centers on Tuesday, April 7.

American Red Cross Blood Donor Center Northern New Jersey
209 Fairfield Road
Fairfield, NJ 07004
Hours: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

American Red Cross Central New Jersey Blood Donor Center
707 Alexander Road, Suite 302
Princeton, NJ 08540
Hours: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

You have several options to schedule your appointment:

1) Use the American Red Cross Blood Donor App!

2) Call 1-800-RED CROSS

3) Online at redcrossblood.org

Please consider making a donation that can help save a life.

Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign Comes to Orange

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As part of the American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, the Red Cross and the City of Orange Township partnered to help reduce the number of home fire related injuries and fatalities in Orange.  On Saturday, March 7 volunteers from the Red Cross, the Orange Fire Department, the City of Orange Township, the Orange Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) went door-to door in the city’s East Ward installing free smoke alarms and talking to families about fire safety. Together the volunteers installed 160 smoke alarms in homes that needed them.

In October, the Red Cross announced a campaign in New Jersey and across the country to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years. Since the launch of the campaign, the Red Cross North Jersey Region and its community partners have installed more than 520 smoke alarms in high fire risk cities including East Orange, Perth Amboy and Paterson.

View photos from all of our Home Fire Preparedness Campaign events.

 

Red Cross Reminder: Check Smoke Alarms When Clocks Spring Forward

Daylight Saving Time kicks in at 2:00 a.m. Sunday. As you turn your clocks ahead, take a few minutes to protect you and your family from home fires. It’s easy!

Turn and Test

 

1. Check smoke alarm batteries.
When turning the clocks ahead, replace smoke alarm batteries and push the test button to make sure the alarms are working. It’s also a great time to check carbon monoxide detectors.

 

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2. Install smoke alarms.
If you don’t have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Check local building codes for additional requirements.

 

Fire Escape Plan

 

3. Practice your fire escape plan.
Make sure everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes. If your family doesn’t have a fire escape plan, our Home Fire Escape Plan worksheet is a great place to get started.

 

Review Fire Safety Tips

 

4. Review fire safety tips.
Brush up on your fire safety knowledge. Our Home Fire Safety Checklist is chock full of fire prevention information to help keep you and your family safe.

 

 

BONUS:  Take our quiz and find out if you’re fire safety savvy.

 

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