The Chapter house on will host a Family Open House from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 24, 2012. All moms and dads who want to spend a spring day with their kids, and learn more about the opportunities available for our youth in the community are invited to come down to the Chapter. There will also be information available on the Youth Leadership Summer Camp on Nonprofits, held annually for 14-18 year olds in July.

The Open House will feature free Citizen’s CPR demonstrations at 11:00 am and at 1:00 pm. Citizen’s CPR teaches individuals hands-only CPR -- a potentially life-saving technique involving no mouth-to-mouth contact. The hands-only technique increases the likelihood of surviving cardiac emergencies, occurring outside of medical settings. The platelet bus will also be nearby for platelet donations by parents.

Information will be available on volunteering, as well as, learning about opportunities in our Red Cross Youth Clubs, supporting the Measles Initiative abroad, and ideas for individual or group projects students can undertake throughout the year for the benefit of their communities. The objective of these programs are to raise awareness of kids ages 6 to 18 of civic-minded activities. There will be plenty of information available to parents who would like to find out more about the possibilities for kids to get involved with the Red Cross.

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Individuals are also encouraged to drop off/donate used clothing and eye-glasses they no longer have use for. For children, there will also be an opportunity to design cards for Veterans at Lyons Hospital, a Penny-Loose Change collection drive benefiting our disaster services, and a face-painting party complete with hotdogs, refreshments and balloons. The event will feature an art station with a giant mural kids will paint altogether to commemorate the day; and will take part in the construction of a “Hug the House” red and white paper-chain, symbolizing the total number of blood donations made to the Chapter this past year. There will be an hour of Mommy and Me outdoors Yoga, children’s music throughout the day, and goody bags for the first 100 to perform “a donation + an activity” to completion.

The Red Cross Chapter House is located right next to the Wilson School Playground and Park at 695 Springfield Avenue in Summit. The Colonial Crossroads Chapter serves the residents of Berkeley Heights, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, East Hanover, Florham Park, Long Hill Township, Madison, New Providence, Springfield, Millburn-Short Hills, and Summit since 1917. To find out more about your local Red Cross, how you can donate your expertise, time, money or blood; or to help your family, business or community prepare for emergencies, visit To find out how you can contribute to our next fundraising event, please contact events@ccnjredcross, or call us at 908-273-2076.