On any given day, Red Cross North Jersey Region volunteers are out in the community responding to disasters large and small, teaching lifesaving health and safety courses, coordinating blood drives, assisting members of the Armed Forces and veterans, and providing disaster preparedness education.
1:30 a.m. – Disaster Action Team Responds to a Home Fire
Members of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team respond to the scene of a home fire to provide emotional support and emergency assistance to the displaced families. As families often escape their home with only the clothing on their backs, volunteers wrap the families in blankets, offer financial assistance and help guide them on the next steps toward recovery.
7:00 a.m. – Blood Donor Centers Open
The doors open at the American Red Cross Blood Center Northern New Jersey in Fairfield and the American Red Cross Central New Jersey Blood Donor Center in Princeton where volunteers welcome people ready to roll up their sleeves to help patients in need.
10:00 a.m. – Fire Safety Canvassing Event
Volunteers team up with firefighters and head out into neighborhoods in their community, going door-to-door to help families become better prepared for and take important steps to prevent a fire in their home. They help families develop their own fire escape plan, teach them about fire safety and offer free smoke alarm installation in homes that need them.
3:30 p.m. – Teach CPR Course
At a local community center, people practice lifesaving CPR skills on mannequins. A Red Cross instructor helps students correctly perform chest compressions and rescue breaths that could help them save a life during an emergency.
5:00 p.m. – Making Care Packages for the Troops
A group of volunteers are busy sorting items and assembling care packages to help bring some of the comforts of home to members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Volunteers pack up boxes containing personal care items, playing cards, comfort foods and other items to be sent to troops serving overseas. Each package is topped off with a hand-written note of thanks for their service.
7:00 p.m. – Disaster Preparedness Presentation
People gather at a library to learn how to keep themselves and their loved ones safe during an emergency. A Red Cross volunteer shows families how to build an emergency kit and create a family emergency plan so that they are prepared for disasters large and small.
JOIN US The American Red Cross is launching Giving Day on April 21st, asking everyone in to make a donation to the Red Cross to ensure that help is available wherever and whenever people need it.
Red Cross Giving Day is a 24-hour national fundraising campaign supporting the work of the Red Cross in communities across the country each and every day. The theme on April 21st is #Help1Family because the Red Cross is all in every day, helping people to get back on their feet.
To take part in Giving Day and support the work of the American Red Cross, please visit redcross.org/givingday. All in one day, working together, we can bring help and hope to people when they need it most.
HELP SPREAD THE WORD Become a Giving Day Social Ambassador and encourage friends and family to #Help1Family with you to help make more good days happen for those in need. Spread the word about Giving Day to your social media networks leading up to and on April 21st.