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Red Cross Recognizes Everyday Heroes During Red Cross Month

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Volunteers are the heart of the American Red Cross

March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross would like to recognize the everyday heroes who reach out to help their neighbors in need. 

“From our volunteers to our blood donors to our financial supporters, we are grateful for all of the everyday heroes who help fulfil the Red Cross mission here in New Jersey,” said Mathieu Nelessen, regional CEO, American Red Cross North Jersey Region. “During Red Cross Month we thank them for their service and encourage everyone to discover their inner hero by giving time to help people in our community.”

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 Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 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 the North Jersey Region, the Red Cross mobilizes its more than 3,330 volunteers to support the delivery of Red Cross programs and services in the community. Last year, the Red Cross North Jersey Region collected 25,420 units of blood, provided 1,877 military family case services, trained 60,441 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics and responded to 494 local home fires, helping 1,130 displaced families.

“Our Disaster Action Team volunteers are out in our community everyday responding to help our neighbors affected by home fires,” said Mathieu Nelessen, regional CEO, American Red Cross North Jersey Region. “Whether it’s providing emotional support, financial assistance to help meet immediate needs including shelter, food and clothing, or providing the comfort of a warm blanket, our volunteers are there for the families when they need it most.”

The North Jersey Region responds to a significant amount of disasters, including home fires, and continue to provide support after the smoke clears. Red Cross volunteers remain available to the families for support, counseling and referrals to local agencies that will provide long-term assistance during their recovery.

Since the turn of the New Year, volunteer members of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) have responded to more than 100 home fires across the northern half of the state to offer comfort and support to their neighbors when they need it most. Volunteers provided Red Cross emergency assistance in the form of temporary lodging, food and clothing as needed to more than 260 families, at least 784 people.  

“Volunteers are the heart of the American Red Cross,” said Michelle Esposito, regional director of volunteers, American Red Cross North Jersey Region. “They help make the vital work of the Red Cross possible.”

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 to register as a volunteer, visit redcross.org

JOIN US! The Red Cross North Jersey Region is celebrating Red Cross Month all March long with events throughout the region.