Red Cross Holidays for Heroes

Holiday Mail for Heroes - kids

Send a touch of home!

A simple card can have a profound impact. Show your support with an encouraging note for the holidays to the brave men and women who serve our country.

Holidays for Heroes is an annual campaign in which the American Red Cross provides the community with the opportunity to send cards of thanks and holiday cheer to military members, veterans and their families.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Address cards to “service member” or “veteran.”
  • Write a note! Keep your message positive and upbeat.
  • Avoid cards containing glitter.
  • Do not enclose any items with your holiday cards. Any items enclosed will be removed.
  • Include your name and where you’re from, but do not include additional personal information such as email, phone number or address.
  • Do not put cards in envelopes. Individual cards in envelopes cannot be accepted.

Cards for Holiday Mail for Heroes should be packaged and mailed to:

American Red Cross House
Holiday Mail for Heroes
6051 Doughboy Loop
JB MDL, NJ 08640

Cards can also be dropped off at Red Cross locations in New Jersey. Visit

Give something that means something. Send some holiday cheer to the servicemen and women who help defend our freedom. For more information about Holidays for Heroes, visit or call the Red Cross at 609-562-3483.


How to Help Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey 2017

Ten month old Astro Arriaga sleeps in a Red Cross Shelter in Victoria, Texas.
Photo by Daniel Cima for The American Red Cross  – August 26, 2017

Thank you to all who have reached out regarding how to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Many have asked how they can donate goods to support the families impacted. 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.

How to Help

Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

For more information about Red Cross response to disasters, please visit

Join us for the Jersey City Police and Fire 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive


ALERT: Patients who rely on blood and platelet transfusions need your help now!

The American Red Cross has a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now.

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Make an appointment to give blood or platelets by downloading the free Blood Donor App, visiting org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
  2. Let your friends and family know there is a #BloodEmergency. New and current donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure the Red Cross can meet the needs of patients every day and is prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood.
  3. Bring a friend to donate with you.

Your support can help ensure that blood products are there for trauma victims, premature babies, patients going through cancer treatment and others who rely on the generosity of volunteer donors. Please commit to give blood or platelets now and help save lives.

Can You Give an Hour this Summer to Help a Patient in Need?

Patients need you this summer. Blood and platelet donations often do not keep pace with hospital demand during the summer months, but every day there are thousands of lives to help save.

During the summer, the American Red Cross experiences a drastic decline in new donors, and current donors often delay giving due to summer vacation plans.

If you’ve never donated blood before, now’s the time to start. Check out these helpful tips for first-time donors. The blood donation process takes about an hour with the actual donation only taking about 10 minutes – that’s less time than it takes to go out to dinner! If you haven’t given in a while, please give again to help sustain a sufficient community blood supply.

Whether you’re a new donor or lifelong donor, here are some tips for an enjoyable donation experience:

  1. As much as possible, eat iron-rich foods leading up to your donation.
  2. Hydrate – drink an extra 16 oz. of liquid before and after the donation.
  3. Have a healthy meal before the donation.
  4. Wear comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be raised above the elbow.
  5. Complete a RapidPass on the day of donation, prior to arriving, to save time.
  6. Remember to bring a picture ID, blood donor card or two other forms of identification.

Commit to give this month – make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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

NBC Health and Fitness Expo 2017

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


Raising Spirits at Buena Vista Country Club – Join Us!

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