March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross will be recognizing New Jersey’s every day heroes who bring help and hope to people in need. Events honoring outstanding volunteers, as well as those celebrating milestone years of service, will be held throughout the month.   

“Every day I’m inspired by the many New Jersey heroes who help their neighbors when they need it most,” said Ana Montero, CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region. “They include our compassionate Red Cross volunteers, selfless blood donors and generous supporters who are there to help people facing life’s emergencies. We are grateful for their tremendous support."    

March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for more than 70 years. Beginning with President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943, every U.S. President has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. 

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The Red Cross depends on local heroes to fulfill its mission. Last year, the Red Cross New Jersey Region responded to more than 760 local disasters, such as home fires, and helped more than 1,800 New Jersey families with emergency assistance for temporary lodging, food and clothing needs; provided 3,500 military family case services, trained more than 116,100 people with lifesaving skills, installed 7,900 free smoke alarms and collected 89,100 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers.

“Become a Red Cross community hero,” said Montero. “Be ready for an emergency by creating a preparedness plan for your home. Test your smoke alarms and tell your neighbors to do the same. You can sign up to be a Red Cross volunteer or make a financial donation.”

People can find information about volunteer opportunities, blood donation and other ways to support the work of the Red Cross by visiting redcross.org/NJ.

“Join us as we celebrate our New Jersey volunteers this March and share appreciation for their work helping others on social media using #RedCrossMonthNJ,” added Montero.

New Jersey residents can help support the Red Cross while filing their 2016 NJ State Tax Returns. Donations can be made by checking box 64 on the NJ-1040 Form and entering Code 14 for the American Red Cross-NJ Fund.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @redcross

About the American Red Cross in New Jersey 
The American Red Cross provides programs and services to a population of 8.8 million in New Jersey. The Red Cross trains and mobilizes more than 5,300 volunteers who support the delivery of services throughout the state. In New Jersey, last year, the Red Cross responded to more than 760 local disasters, mostly home fires, helping more than 1,800 displaced families; collected more than 89,100 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided more than 3,500 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained more than 116,100 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics. For more information, please visit redcross.org/NJ and follow us on Twitter@redcross.