Across the North Jersey Region people have been participating in Red Cross activities to spread holiday cheer. Thank you to all who are giving something that means something this holiday season!
SENDING HOLIDAY CHEER TO OUR ARMED FORCES AND VETERANS
Hundreds of cards wishing thanks, encouragement and holiday cheer to our service members and veterans have been dropped off at Red Cross offices throughout the region. Through the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program, the cards will be sent to members of the U.S. Armed Forces, many of whom will be far away from home this holiday season, and our veterans here in New Jersey this holiday season.
During Wyndham’s Wish Day on November 14, employees from the Wyndham Hotel Group sorted and packaged cards collected as part of the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program at the Red Cross in Montclair.
On December 6, Verizon NJ Region President Paul Sullivan, who also serves as board chair with the American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey, brought together more than 50 people at Verizon’s Livingston office to help pack “comforts of home” care packages to send to military members. Verizon employees and their family members sorted items and filled boxes with the goodies collected by members of the Northern New Jersey Board of Directors. Each of the 64 packages were topped off with bundles of holiday greetings from the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program. Read More.
GIVING THE LIFESAVING GIFT OF BLOOD
Patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood. Blood donors have been giving the lifesaving gift of blood at the regions’s blood donor centers and at blood drives across the North Jersey Region to help maintain the blood supply this holiday season.
On December 9, Red Cross volunteers and staff members rolled up their sleeves during Red Cross Staff & Volunteer Donation Day at the Red Cross Central New Jersey Donation Center in Princeton and the Red Cross Blood Center Northern New Jersey in Fairfield.
HELPING THOSE IN NEED
Red Cross Clubs in high schools across the region held food drives to help support local food pantries. Students collected more than 1,900 pounds of food for those in need this holiday season. Way to go!
Participating Red Cross Clubs include the Morris Youth Council, Essex Youth Council, Edison Red Cross Club, Bernards High School Red Cross Club, Somerville Youth Council, Westfield Youth Council, JFK Memorial High School Red Cross Club and Franklin High School Red Cross Club.
Munich Re America in Princeton participated in a Wish Tree program where employees selected and donated requested items for Red Cross home delivered meals clients. Denise Faragasso, Law Department Senior Administrator, Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. presented the more than 130 donated gifts to the Red Cross. The donated gifts will be distributed to the home delivered meals clients in December.
The Princeton Garden Club is also sending some holiday cheer to our home delivered meals clients. Club members created more than 130 holiday arrangements for homebound and elderly home delivered meals clients. View their beautiful creations.
Volunteers brought some holiday magic to Central New Jersey children who recently experienced home fires. Dressed as elves, volunteers went house-to-house delivering gifts and smiles to children on Saturday, December 20. Gifts were generously donated by the NJ Physician Assistant Foundation and Wilkin & Guttenplan, P.A. employees. In addition, thanks to Rutgers Recreation, the Red Cross Holiday Gift Run is one of the designees of toys collected from participants of the Rutgers Big Chill 5K. See the elves in action.
Our 2014 Holiday Gift Catalog has the perfect gift for everyone on your list! The catalog offers a variety of symbolic, inspired gifts so that you can honor the special people in your life. By donating to the Holiday Giving Catalog you can feel good knowing that your gift will help people when they need it most.
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