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Red Cross Encourages People to #help1family On Giving Day

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PRINCETON, NJ — The American Red Cross New Jersey Region is holding its 2016 Giving Day on Thursday, April 21. The one-day event is designed to rally the people of New Jersey to support the Red Cross as it meets its critical and lifesaving mission of helping families who have been affected by disaster or emergencies.

“Imagine if every American helped just one family in the U.S.,” said Red Cross President and CEO Gail J. McGovern. “Think of how much good we could do – together – on Giving Day.”

Every year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 66,000 disasters nationwide – the vast majority of these are home fires – where a family has lost everything; the roof over their heads, their clothes, and their most cherished possessions. In New Jersey, the Red Cross responds annually to nearly 900 disasters, mostly home fires.

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“Our mission is to help those in need in New Jersey, but we certainly wouldn’t be able to fulfill our mission without the generous support of the community,” said Red Cross New Jersey Interim Regional CEO David Lewis. “By participating in our Giving Day, your help allows us to provide vital assistance to people impacted by home fires and other disasters.”

It takes just $88.50* to support a family of three with basic essentials for one day following a disaster that affects a community such as a hurricane. A gift to our one-day awareness effort can provide urgent relief like a day’s worth of food, plus blankets and other essentials.

Giving Day’s #help1family effort can help a family begin to recover from a disaster by:

  • Supporting a family in urgent need by providing them with a day’s worth of food and other essentials.
  • Delivering blankets to ensure families stay warm and can get a good night’s sleep.
  • Providing clean-up kits after a disaster including vital items like mops, buckets and disinfectant.

Donations can be made now by visiting redcross.org/givingday. A $10 donation to the Red Cross can be made by texting REDCROSS to 90999. All donations will be processed on April 21, 2016.

*These figures are based on FY15 estimates

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.

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 5,800 volunteers who support the delivery of services throughout the state. In New Jersey, last year, the Red Cross responded to 889 local disasters, mostly home fires, helping 1,820 displaced families; collected 88,439 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided 3,920 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained 117,088 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.

 

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