9/11 Memorial 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 redcross.org.

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


Group - CNJ Volunteers YOS

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!

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Join Us at the NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 Health & Fitness Expo


NBC Health and Fitness Expo 2015

Learn more and check out the events scheduled for the third annual NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 Health & Fitness Expo. We hope to see you there!

Adults: Get in the Swim

Swimming and Water Safety manual 2014Love sunning poolside but can’t jump in because you never learned to swim?  Been thinking how much fun it would be to join the family in the surf one of these vacations?  There’s no better time than the present to learn how to move and stay safe in the water.

Here are four stats that might encourage you to get off the deck chair and into lessons before this year’s beach season:

  1.  It’s easy to get out of your depth: about 10 people a day die from unintentional drownings.
  2.  Adults don’t always know better: 80 percent of drownings are of people 14 years and older.
  3.  You’re a role model: if you don’t know how to swim, there is only a 13 percent chance your kids will learn.
  4.  You’ve got company: an estimated 35% of adults can’t swim the length of a standard pool.

So if you are ready to get out of the shallow end, hone your vintage skills or kick it up a notch, consider one of the following all-new American Red Cross swim classes now on offer for adults:

  • For absolute beginners, there is the Adult Swim—Learning the Basics class, which will help you overcome any fears of the water and teach you essential water competency skills.
  • If you can already swim but want to improve or update your skills, try the Adult Swim—Improving Skills and Swimming Strokes class. With its emphasis on foundational skills and water comfort as well as proficiency in all strokes, this is a great class for parents who want to enjoy the water more safely with their children or who need a strong foundation for other activities such as SCUBA.
  • For the aspiring triathletes and master swimmers out there, consider Adult Swim—Fitness Swimming, a class that will get you fit and stroke-ready for endurance and competitive swim sports.

Don’t miss the boat!  Go to your local pool this weekend and ask to sign up for Red Cross swim lessons.

New Jersey Donors Support Red Cross Relief Efforts in Nepal

The global Red Cross network, led by the Nepal Red Cross and supported by the American Red Cross, continues to provide emergency humanitarian assistance following the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal. Some eight million people, nearly a third of the population of Nepal, have been affected by the quake and 2.8 million people have been displaced.

To date, the American Red Cross has committed $5 million to the response, while also providing relief supplies to support efforts and deploying disaster specialists. The American Red Cross is working closely with the Nepal Red Cross and the global Red Cross to coordinate additional support.

In New Jersey, many turned to the American Red Cross to help support relief efforts for the people of Nepal.

Generous supporters include Nandansons Charitable Foundation, a private foundation and charitable trust founded in 2010 by Ajay and Nutan Gupta in support of humanitarian causes and social responsibility. The foundation donated $50,000 to support Red Cross relief efforts in Nepal.

The Gupta Family with American Red Cross Major Gifts Officer Rick Trainer (far right) with the Gupta family, accepting a generous donation from Nandansons Charitable Foundation.

American Red Cross Major Gifts Officer Rick Trainer (far right) with the Gupta family, accepting a $50,000 donation from Nandansons Charitable Foundation.

Another generous donation came from the United Moms Charity Association, who donated $15,000 to help with Red Cross relief efforts following the earthquake.

Members of the United Moms Charity Association's Cranbury location present a $15,000 donation to American Red Cross Major Gifts Officer Barbara Latady in Princeton.

Members of the United Moms Charity Association present a $15,000 donation to American Red Cross Senior Director Barbara Latady in Princeton.

Shikha Rastogi and friends organized a walk-a-thon at Mercer County Park in West Windsor on Monday, May 25 that raised nearly $3,500 to support Red Cross relief efforts in Nepal.

Community members spent Memorial Day raising awareness and funding at a walk-a-thon for Red Cross disaster relief in Nepal. Photo courtesy of Shikha Rastogi.

Community members spent Memorial Day raising awareness and funding at a walk-a-thon for Red Cross disaster relief in Nepal. Photo courtesy of Shikha Rastogi.

Corporations in our region have also donated generously to the American Red Cross. Employees with the following companies are also making a difference with donations through Workplace Giving Programs:





Sealed Air

Nandansons International, Inc.

Sanofi US


BMW Group

Bracco Diagnostics



Henkel Corporation

SHI International

The Linde Group

The Red Cross is extremely grateful to these and all of the donors who have turned their compassion into action with support to ongoing relief efforts. For updates about Red Cross response in Nepal, please visit redcross.org.


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