Holiday Happenings: Giving with Meaning this Holiday Season

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

Members of the Millburn High School Red Cross Club write cards to be sent to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and distributed to veterans this holiday season as part of the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

Members of the Millburn High School Red Cross Club write cards to be sent to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and distributed to veterans this holiday season as part of the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

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.

American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey Board members, along with Verizon employees and family members, sort and pack donated items collected to send Holiday Comforts of Home packages to military members serving overseas. The group is pictured here with the comforts of home boxes ready to be shipped to military members serving overseas.

Northern New Jersey Board members, along with Verizon employees and family members, sort and pack donated items collected to send Comforts of Home packages to military members serving overseas this holiday.

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

Red Cross volunteer Carol Brennan of Columbia donates blood at the Red Cross Blood Center Northern New Jersey in Fairfield.

Red Cross volunteer Carol Brennan donates blood at the Red Cross Blood Center Northern New Jersey in Fairfield.

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 Reinsurance America, Inc. present holiday gifts donated by their employees for Red Cross Home Delivered Meals clients at their Princeton office.

Munich Re America presents holiday gifts donated by their Princeton employees for homebound and elderly Red Cross Home Delivered Meals clients.

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 FaragassoLaw 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.

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Employees from Wilkin & Guttenplan, P.A. donated gifts for the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey Holiday Gift Run. The gifts are fulfilled wishes of children who’ve recently experienced home fires.

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.

View more photos of holiday happenings.

JOIN US!

Join us in giving something that means something this holiday season by giving of your time, making a blood donation or making a financial contribution to support Red Cross programs and services.

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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