FEMA Holds Successful Red Cross Blood Drive in New Jersey

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“We are grateful to all who donated blood and helped make this blood drive a success,” said Mathieu Nelessen

In celebration of March is Red Cross Month, FEMA held an American Red Cross Blood Drive at the New Jersey Joint Field Office for Superstorm Sandy in Monmouth County on March 27, 2013.

FEMA workers from around the country donated at the Red Cross blood drive. Many workers are regular blood donors back in their home states.

The successful drive collected 50 units of blood, exceeding the drive’s set goal of 30 units.

FEMA leadership, including Deputy Federal Coordinating Officers for New Jersey Bill Vogel and Libby Turner (pictured above), participated along with more than 40 FEMA staff. Visiting members of the American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey Board of Directors stopped in at the blood drive to donate as well.

The blood drive capped the March is Red Cross Month events held at the Joint Field Office, which kicked off the month with a visit from American Red Cross President of Humanitarian Services Jerry DeFrancisco and Northeast Division Vice President Gail DeNicola on March 1st.

“We are grateful to all who donated blood and helped make this blood drive a success,” said Mathieu Nelessen, regional CEO, American Red Cross North Jersey Region. “The Red Cross values our long-standing partnership with FEMA, including our work together during response to Superstorm Sandy and now with recovery efforts, and we appreciate their support and recognition during March is Red Cross Month.”