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March is Red Cross Month: Be a Hero to Someone in Need

PRINCETON, NJ — March is Red Cross Month and the American Red Cross is asking people across New Jersey to become a hero by giving blood, becoming a volunteer or making a donation to #help1family on Giving Day – March 28.  

“The Red Cross is powered by our volunteer heroes who give of their time, talents and compassion to fulfill our vital humanitarian mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering,” said Susan Rounds, interim CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region. “They are people from your neighborhood who donate blood, who teach First Aid and CPR classes, who support those in need at what may be the worst time in their lives. We celebrate them during Red Cross Month and ask you to consider joining us and making a difference.”

March has been recognized as Red Cross Month for the last 75 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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This year the Red Cross salutes all the heroes who make a difference in their communities by:

  • Donating blood or platelets
  • Volunteering to help people impacted by a disaster
  • Taking a first aid or CPR class to help in an emergency
  • Providing comfort to a member of the military, a veteran or their family

During March, several iconic New Jersey locations and landmarks will be illuminated RED to recognize Red Cross Month, including both Harrah’s Resort and Caesars Atlantic City, the Battleship New Jersey in Camden, the Prudential Center Marquee in Newark, the popular Wildwoods sign and beach balls, the West Wildwood welcome sign, and the New Jersey State House on March 26.

“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 Rounds.

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

New Jersey residents can help support the Red Cross while filing their 2017 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 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 5,000 volunteers who support the delivery of services throughout the state. In New Jersey last year, the Red Cross responded to more than 820 local disasters, mostly home fires, helping nearly 1,900 displaced families; collected more than 90,500 units of blood through blood drives and Red Cross Blood Donation Centers; provided more than 4,180 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals; and trained more than 113,200 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.org.

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