Board of Directors Sends Holiday Cheer to Troops
The holidays can be a busy time with shopping, travel and family gatherings. It’s heartwarming to see how people also find time to give with meaning and turn to the Red Cross to help make the holidays special for others. Many in New Jersey pulled together recently to bring some holiday cheer to the men and women who serve our country.
The American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey Board of Directors coordinated an Adopt A Unit collection of items for the troops and invited family members, co-workers and other groups to get involved. The collection included personal care items, playing cards and puzzles, and an array of comfort foods like granola bars, pretzels, cocoa and candies.
On December 5, Verizon New Jersey President Paul Sullivan, who also serves as Board Chair with the American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey, brought together more than 90 volunteers at Verizon’s Livingston office to help prepare the collections for shipment. Board members, Verizon employees and their family members sorted items, filled boxes with supplies and treats, sealed and labeled packages; while children wrote holiday greetings and drew pictures for the troops.
Each of the 100 packages was topped off with bundles of holiday greetings from the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign. The campaign invites community members to send cards of thanks, encouragement and holiday cheer to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and our veterans in New Jersey. The cards are then assembled into festive holiday bundles by volunteers and Red Cross Club members prior to shipment and distribution.
HOW YOU CAN GIVE WITH MEANING
Give a gift of support, strength and hope to someone who needs it while honoring someone in your life. Flip through the 2015 Holiday Gift Catalog and purchase symbolic presents for people on your gift list.
Our holiday catalog offers a way for you to give a symbolic gift in honor of a friend, colleague, client or loved one this holiday season. Just select a symbolic gift from the Red Cross Holiday Giving Catalog and your tax-deductible donation goes to support a Red Cross program.
Gifts made through the catalog are contributions toward a Red Cross program area and will be used within the program area where it is needed most. A donation may not be used for a specific project or item. Funds remaining will be put to use where it is needed most.
When you give something that means something, you can send a Red Cross eCard announcing your gift. Receive a token of our appreciation when you make a donation of $100 (water bottle), $200 (fleece blanket), $500 or more (first aid kit and messenger bag), while supplies last.
Give something that means something during this holiday season. Help the Red Cross support those in need here at home and around the globe.
Generous participation with the Red Cross of Northern New Jersey Board of Directors Adopt A Unit campaign included Board members, their families and employees with Verizon, Audio Visual Associates, IBEW 827, CWA 13000, BASF, Inserra Shop Rite & Shop Rite Family, Suez, PSE&G, JCP&L, UPS, NE Regional Council of Carpenters, NJ Carpenter Union - CWA District 1 Union, Nisivoccia, Prominent Properties-Sotheby’s International Realty, Reology, M. Groome Inc., Wilken & Guttenplan, LLC, Girls Scouts in Nutley, Cub Scout Pack 32, Erickson, and Greg and Joanne Breem, in memory of their daughter Megan.
Holiday greetings from the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes campaign were also added to the packages from groups such as Wyndham Hotel Group and Townsquare Media radio stations, including 94.3 The Point and 105.7 The Hawk, who invited their listeners to participate with the campaign.