It’s Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross is recognizing the every day heroes who step forward to provide help and hope to those in need.
“From our compassionate volunteers to our selfless blood donors and our generous supporters, we are grateful for all of the every day heroes who help fulfill the Red Cross mission in New Jersey,” said David Lewis, interim regional CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region. “During Red Cross Month we thank them for their tremendous support.”
March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for more than 70 years. All of our presidents, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 66,000 disasters big and small in this country every year. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills.
Here in New Jersey, the Red Cross mobilizes more than 5,800 volunteers to support the delivery of Red Cross programs and services in the community. Last year, the Red Cross New Jersey Region collected 88,439 units of blood, provided 3,920 military family case services, trained 117,088 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics and responded to 889 local disasters, helping 1,820 displaced families.
“We encourage everyone to discover their inner hero during Red Cross Month by helping those in need in our community,” said Lewis.
BECOME A VOLUNTEER Every single day, the American Red Cross helps people in emergencies. It is through the time and care of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things. The Red Cross is always looking for people with various backgrounds, talents and skill levels. For more information or find a volunteer orientation near you, visit redcross.org/NJ.
DONATE BLOOD Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days – up to 24 times a year. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in New Jersey), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. Donors can also use the Red Cross Blood Donor App, which is free and available for download now. It can be found in app stores by searching for American Red Cross, visiting redcross.org/apps or redcrossblood.org/bloodapp, or by texting BLOODAPP to 90999 for a direct link to download. Message and data rates for texting may apply.
SUPPORT DISASTER RELIEF You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.