March is Red Cross Month Recap


During Red Cross Month, the Red Cross recognizes the nation’s Every Day Heroes who give of themselves and in some way help their community.

The North Jersey Region thanks our heroes – our volunteers, blood donors, class takers and financial supporters who help us assist those in need. This includes the thousands of volunteers and supporters from across the country and around the world who helped the people of New Jersey in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and who continue to assist with recovery efforts.

Following are some of the activities held during March is Red Cross Month:

March 1

On the morning of March 1st, Red Cross volunteers and staff from both the North Jersey and South Jersey regions kicked off Red Cross Month together in Bay Head, NJ. All were present to thank Toyota for the generous donation of 19 vehicles to support Red Cross disaster relief and recovery efforts for Superstorm Sandy.

Within days after Sandy devastated New Jersey last October, Steve Haag, Assistant General Manager of Toyota’s NY regional headquarters in West Caldwell, walked into the American Red Cross chapter in Fairfield and asked what Toyota could do to help. The use of several vehicles was donated immediately to help support the massive relief operation underway.

Recognizing the strong need for vehicle support to move Red Cross manpower and resources throughout affected regions, Toyota arranged the donation of 19 Toyota vehicles for the Red Cross to use for a full year. The additional vehicles will be a tremendous asset to work being done throughout the regions.

The vehicles were presented to the Red Cross at Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church in Bay Head. Toyota had also presented a donation to Pastor Scott Bostwick to help the church with the work they’ve been doing within the Bay Head community since the storm hit.

The donation was graciously accepted by Dr. Steven Crawford, Chairman of the Board with the American Red Cross Jersey Coast Chapter on behalf of the organization.  View Story and Photos

Thank you Toyota! 

Later that day, both FEMA and state employees at the Joint Field Office in Monmouth County warmly welcomed March as Red Cross Month during a visit by American Red Cross President of Humanitarian Services Gerry DeFrancisco and Northeast Division Vice President Gail DeNicola.

Gerry and Gail had attended a meeting with Assemblywoman Annette Quijano at her district office in Elizabeth earlier in the day and came to the JFO to meet with FEMA leadership. While there, they attended a meeting with Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini and staff members from some of the legislative districts in Monmouth County affected by Superstorm Sandy. Discussions were focused on Red Cross Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts in the respective counties. The team then moved on to Union Beach where they met with Senator Joseph Kyrillos and Union Beach Business Administrator Jennifer Maier which was followed by a tour of areas hit hard by the storm.  View Photos

3/2      Service to the Armed Forces volunteers held a social event at the Menlo Park Memorial Veterans Home

3/3      Summit Youth Club held a blood drive

3/9      Red Cross volunteers marched in the Morristown Parade

March 9

The American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey Board of Directors Adopted A Unit and collected items for comforts of home packages for soldiers serving overseas. Several Board members invited their fellow employees to participate. On March 9th, Board members, their families and participating employees gathered at Verizon’s offices in Livingston to sort, package and write letters of encouragement to the troops. 

3/10    Service to Armed Forces volunteers held a Sunday Social at the Lyons Veterans Hospital

3/12    Washington Elementary School students learned Hands-only CPR in Summit

March 14

During Red Cross Day at the State House, Red Cross leadership and volunteers highlight the work of the organization and offer preparedness and safety information in Trenton. 

March 16

The Red Cross Somerset Youth Council and Microsoft teamed up to hold a preparedness Scavenger Hunt at the Microsoft Store in the Bridgewater Commons Mall. Elementary and Middle School students were paired with a Red Cross Youth Council member to participate in the hunt. Clues were hidden within the Microsoft devices and students explored the new technology to gather their preparedness facts. 

March 18

Christy Hodde, community chapter executive, American Red Cross New Jersey Crossroads, received the Woman of the Year Award from the Summit Business and Professional Women during a ceremony at the Summit Grand Hotel. View the news segment from HomeTowne TV News. Congratulations Christy!

March 20

As a show of support for community seniors, area mayors joined volunteers to deliver meals to Red Cross Home Delivered Meals clients on Wednesday, March 20th, participating during Mayors for Meals Day.

Mayors for Meals Day is a component of March for Meals, a national campaign by the Meals on Wheels Association of America. The American Red Cross is a participant in this national campaign, which aims to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of the local community. Mayors and other local officials deliver meals on one day in March to show their support of their local senior nutrition program. 

3/21    Red Cross held an Open House in Somerville and offered a Be Red Cross Ready presentation to visitors.

3/21    The Suburban Chamber of Commerce honored American Red Cross New Jersey Crossroads as  2013 Public Service Organization during their Annual Service Awards Dinner in Summit.

3/23   Nutley Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts held a food drive to benefit the Red Cross Food Pantry in Nutley.

3/29   FEMA held a Red Cross blood drive at the Joint Field Office. View

Proclamations were presented to the Red Cross throughout the North Jersey Region.

We hope you enjoyed celebrating Red Cross Month with us!

March was first proclaimed as Red Cross Month 70 years ago by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Since 1943, every president, including President Obama, has designated March as Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years.

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