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.

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:

Verizon

Merck

Prudential

PSEG

Sealed Air

Nandansons International, Inc.

Sanofi US

1WorldSync

BMW Group

Bracco Diagnostics

Jet.com

Quidsi

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.

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.

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