#ChooseYourDay to Donate Blood this Summer

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Every day this summer is a chance to do something life changing and momentous. The American Red Cross urges you to #ChooseYourDay to give blood or platelets and ensure a stable supply for patients in need.

Blood and platelet donations often decline during the summer months when busy summer schedules and vacation plans can cause some donors to be less available to give. Additionally, blood donations at high school and college blood drives, which account for as much as 20 percent of blood donations during the school year, decline when many schools are out of session. But, the need for blood remains constant all summer long.

By choosing your day to schedule a blood or platelet donation through the American Red Cross this summer, you could give hope to a patient in need. Each day, the Red Cross needs 14,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

There are 2,376 hours for summer fun between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It only takes an hour – two if you’re giving platelets – to be a lifesaver. So, when you’re making your summer plans this year, make a blood or platelet donation appointment a part of them too.

To find a donation opportunity near you, download the Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

A Volunteer’s Perspective – The Gift of Thank You

26777779870_39d8d36276_oThey came in droves. Little ones and big ones, some wearing Cub Scout hats and others dresses. But all had the same purpose – to send a note of thanks to the service men and women defending their freedom whom they have never met.

As a first-time volunteer for the American Red Cross, I wasn’t sure what I should expect from my first assignment at the NBC 4 New York Telemundo 47 Health & Fitness Expo at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, May 14. I was quickly assigned to man the  Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces booth, with my task being to ask people to write a note or draw a “thank you” picture for the men and women serving our country. These notes will go into care packages for service members, reaching these heroes in distant stretches of the world, who may be very far from the conveniences of modern life and the warmth of friends and family. Others will brighten the days of veterans right here in New Jersey.

My first tip came from the volunteer whom I was relieving from her four-hour shift, “Stand in front of the table in the crowd,” she said. Check! Task one accomplished. I knew that adults would be easier to get on board, it’s harder to say no when you understand the full impact of the sacrifices our service people make. The cards started to build up in the collection box and the swelling sense of pride in the people who said without hesitation “Yes, I’d love to!” slowly burned inside me.

26448621323_cc60613c7c_oWhat I did not expect was the great mass of children who swarmed the table in droves, often covering every available inch to send their sweet messages. Sometimes they signed two cards at a time, meticulously drawing or writing, spending 15 minutes or more while their parents patiently stood by while their children finished their masterpieces.

In the two-and-a-half hours I stood by that table I saw beautifully designed American flags, pictures of soldiers saluting, airplanes, sunshine and more “thank yous” than I’ve seen in a very long time. Graciousness does exist. True appreciation through the beautiful lens of a child’s eye does exist.

26777771200_93cdd18713_oI can’t tell you how full my heart was as I stood at that table. But even more so, as I think about how those letters will cross miles and miles of ocean to reach a service person – someone’s son, daughter, wife, mother, father, friend who is missing them terribly and how this will wrap them in comfort to know their sacrifice is heard, and appreciated. This is the power of the Red Cross.

To learn more about the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces, visit redcross.org.

By Michelle Bauman
volunteer, American Red Cross New Jersey Region

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

NBC Health and Fitness Expo 2016

CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment to donate blood at the Expo on Saturday.

Learn all about the Expo on NBC 4 New York’s page

Red Cross New Jersey Region Honors Volunteers

The American Red Cross New Jersey Region honored some exceptional volunteers at six volunteer recognition events held during Red Cross Month. We are thankful for the extraordinary work of our volunteers and are proud to work alongside such compassionate who are always willing to help those in need.

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CENTRAL NEW JERSEY

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Outstanding Volunteer Service Award
April Anderson

Outstanding Youth Involvement Award
Michelle Glauberzon

Pacesetter Awards
Mary Brown, Jay Chandran, Bob Hassmiller, Sidarath Jain, Clare Rybczynski, Karen Stuckey and Manya Wadhwa

SOUTHWESTERN NEW JERSEY

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Outstanding Volunteer Service Award
Stephanie Magee

Outstanding Youth Involvement Award
Latoya Webster

Pacesetter Awards
Vince Espositio, Mary Jane Gorman, Peg Knight, Donna Link, Mel Morton, Joseph Schwartz and Terry Syper

NEW JERSEY CROSSROADS

Summit American Red Cross Volunteer Recognition Event, March 10, 2016.

Outstanding Volunteer Service Award
Anthony Novellino

Outstanding Youth Involvement Award
Eric Mao

Outstanding Community Partner Award
Plainfield Fire Department

Pacesetter Awards
Sivani Alla, Sam Bailey, Solon Frazilus, Adrianna Hohil, Audry McDaniel, Billy McPhail, Henry Namkung and Malcolm Waddoups

JERSEY COAST

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Outstanding Volunteer Service Award
Carol Lee Tiemna

Outstanding Youth Involvement Award
Angela Lee

Pacesetter Awards
Jackie Cochran, Allyson Gilbert, Billie Mwangi, Manuel Ortega and Frank Solana

NORTHERN NEW JERSEY

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Outstanding Volunteer Service Award
Margie McCord

Outstanding Youth Involvement Award
Millie Rohe-Weiner

Outstanding Community Partner Award
Tzu Chi Foundation

Pacesetter Awards
Barbara Den Boer, Fran Dommeleers, Essex Youth Council, Donna Feigenbaum, Peter Grey, George Jinks, Susanna Lee, Andi Savi, Sheryl Steadman and Shelia Wolfensohn

SOUTHERN SHORE

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Outstanding Volunteer Service Award
Susan Stephens

Outstanding Community Partner Award
Atlantic City Electric

Pacesetter Awards
Barbara Brophy, Karen Lawinski, Jeanette Avant-Moody and Jess Bonnan-White

BECOME A VOLUNTEER Every single day, the American Red Cross helps people in emergencies. It is through the time and care of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things. The Red Cross is always looking for people with various backgrounds, talents and skill levels. For more information or find a volunteer orientation near you, visit redcross.org/NJ.

3 Reasons and 4 Ways to #Help1Family on Red Cross Giving Day

Nearly every eight minutes, the American Red Cross extends a helping hand to a family in need that has lost everything – the roof over their heads, their clothes, and their most cherished possessions – to a home fire.

The Red Cross has been busy helping neighbors in New Jersey, but we need your help on one special day to continue to provide the emergency services that our neighbors depend on each and every day.

Giving Day

On April 21, you have a chance to help families in need whenever and wherever they need it by participating in the Red Cross’ Giving Day to #help1family. A donation of just $88.50 can provide a family with a day’s worth of food, plus blankets and other essentials.

We are proud of the work we accomplished to help people in New Jersey last year:

  1. Providing emergency assistance to 1,820 families displaced by home fires,
  2. Installing 3,319 free smoke alarms in high fire-risk communities in New Jersey,
  3. Training 117,088 people in Red Cross lifesaving skills like First Aid, CPR and AED use.

Spread the word about Giving Day – the more people who support Giving day means we can help more families. Use your social media channels to reach out to friends and family and ask them to donate to #help1family by visiting redcross.org/giving day.

Here are four ways your donation will #help1family:

  1. Supporting a family in urgent need: provide funding to give a family a day’s worth of food, blankets, and other essentials.
  2. Supplying warm meals: help provide hearty, comforting meals to people impacted by disasters.
  3. Providing clean-up kits after a disaster strikes: make clean-up kits available for families in need that include vital items like a mop, bucket, and disinfectant.
  4. Deploying an emergency response vehicle for a day: Red Cross workers travel to impacted neighborhoods in fully stocked Emergency Response vehicles to provide food, water and critical relief.

Imagine the impact that we could have here in New Jersey if everyone wanted to #help1family!

 

Support the Red Cross at Raymour & Flanigan Event

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Red Cross Efforts 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.

Government official across New Jersey have issued proclamations in honor of Red Cross Month.

Bergen County Executive & Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders

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In recognition of Red Cross Month, Jim Tedesco, Bergen County executive and the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders, presented proclamations to the American Red Cross New Jersey Region on Wednesday, March 2 in Hackensack. Pictured, left to right: David L. Ganz, freeholder; Maura DeNicola, freeholder; John A. Felice, freeholder; Jim Tedesco, Bergen County executive; Steve Tanell, chairman, Board of Chosen Freeholders; Margaret Kelly, volunteer, American Red Cross; Jocelyn Gilman, executive director, American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey; Bill Kelly, volunteer, American Red Cross; Joan M. Voss, freeholder; and Thomas J. Sullivan, freeholder. Photo courtesy of Derek Sands, aide to the Bergen County Executive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders

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The Salem County Board of Chosen Freeholders present a proclamation in recognition of American Red Cross Month on Wednesday, March 2 in Salem.

East Windsor Township Mayor and Council

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Mayor Janice Mironov of East Windsor Township (left) presents a proclamation in honor to Red Cross Month to Christy Hodde, executive director, American Red Cross New Jersey Crossroads on Tuesday, March 8 in East Windsor Township. Photo courtesy of Mayor Janice Mironov.

Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders 

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American Red Cross volunteer Andrew Beck accepts a proclamation presented by Patricia Walsh of the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognizing March as Red Cross Month on Tuesday, March 8 in Sommerville. Photo courtesy of the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Cranford Mayor and Council

Cranford Red Cross Month Proclamations

Mayor Andis Kalnins of Cranford presents a proclamation in honor of Red Cross Month to Red Cross volunteers Jackie Binns and Suzanne Hilaire on Tuesday, March 8 in Cranford.

Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders

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The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders presents a proclamation in recognition of Red Cross Month on Tuesday, March 8 in Newton. Pictured, left to right: Deb Haff, Red Cross volunteer; Jim Rich, Red Cross Volunteer; Jocelyn Gilman, executive director, American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey; Ed Susco, vice chair, American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey Board of Directors; Maggie McGinley, Red Cross volunteer; and Barb Vandenbergh, Red Cross volunteer.

Madison Mayor and Council

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American Red Cross New Jersey Crossroads board member and Madison resident Terry Brannin accepts a proclamation from the Madison Mayor and Council recognizing March as Red Cross Month on Monday, March 14 in Madison.

Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders

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The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders presents Christy Hodde, executive director, American Red Cross New Jersey Crossroads (left), with a proclamation in recognition of Red Cross Month on Wednesday, March 9 in Morristown. Photo courtesy of Larry Ragonese.

Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders

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The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders present a proclamation in honor of Red Cross Month to Jocelyn Gilman, executive director, American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey (second from right) and Red Cross volunteers on Wednesday, March 16 in Newark. Photo taken Wednesday, March 16, 2016 in Newark, NJ. Medinah Muhammad/American Red Cross

Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders present a proclamation in recognition of Red Cross Month on Thursday, March 24 in Freehold. Pictured, left to right: Tom Arnone, freeholder; Lillian Burry, freeholder; Walter Hopkin, board of directors, American Red Cross Jersey Coast; Jose Orozco, board of directors, American Red Cross Jersey Coast; Serena DiMaso, freeholder; and John Curley, freeholder. Photo courtesy of Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders

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The Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders presents a proclamation in honor of Red Cross Month on Tuesday, March 22 in Paterson. Photo courtesy of Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Long Hill Township

Long Hill Township

Jay Weisman, board member, American Red Cross New Jersey Crossroads, displays a Red Cross Month proclamation from Long Hill Township.

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