PRINCETON, NJ, – The American Red Cross is asking people in New Jersey to remember those families impacted by disaster and to #help1family on Giving Day, Wednesday, April 26. Donations can provide hope and urgent relief such as food, blankets and other essentials to people who need it most.

“Nearly every eight minutes, there is a family that has lost everything to a home fire or other disaster. This one-day nationwide event will raise funds to ensure the Red Cross is able to meet the critical mission of helping those families who have been affected by emergencies,” said Ana Montero, CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region.

Giving Day is a 24-hour fundraising campaign supporting the work of the Red Cross, helping people in New Jersey and across the country each and every day in need of emergency support.

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Last year, here in New Jersey, the Red Cross responded to more than 760 local disasters, mostly home fires, to provide compassionate care and emergency assistance to more than 1,800 New Jersey families.

To help protect New Jersey families from home fires, the Red Cross and its community partners have installed more than 17,000 free smoke alarms across the state and helped nearly 7,300 families create a fire escape plan through the Home Fire Campaign. To date, the campaign has saved 18 lives in New Jersey.

The American public’s support of Giving Day is a promise of better days ahead for those in our community who have lost everything. Donations to the Red Cross can be made at redcross.org/givingday/NewJersey on April 26.

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 @NJRedCross.