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.

The Red Cross invites everyone to participate in the following events in New Jersey during Red Cross Month:

March 1  Blood Drive at Bally's Atlantic City

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on March 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Bally’s Hotel and Casino, 1900 Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City. To make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.

March 1  Harlem Globetrotters Recognize Red Cross Month in Lincroft

The American Red Cross enters the second season with the Harlem Globetrotters as its official charity partner through the team’s Great Assist initiative. The Globetrotters will recognize Red Cross Month during their 7:00 p.m. game at Collins Arena in Lincroft.

March 3  Red Cross Home Fire Campaign in Morristown

Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event with Mayor Timothy P. Dougherty, Morristown Fire Department, OEM, CERT, Red Cross volunteers and community partners.

March 3      Harlem Globetrotters Recognize Red Cross Month in Trenton

The Red Cross enters the second season with the Harlem Globetrotters as its official charity partner through the team’s Great Assist initiative. The Globetrotters will recognize Red Cross Month during their 7:00 p.m. game at Cure Insurance Arena in Trenton.

March 4      Red Cross Month Kick-Off Aboard Battleship New Jersey in Camden

Join the ceremony and flag raising on Sunday from noon to 1:00 p.m. aboard the Battleship New Jersey at 62 Battleship Drive in Camden.

March 4      New Jersey Devils Recognize Red Cross Month in Newark

The New Jersey Devils will recognize Red Cross Month during their game with the Vegas Golden Knights at 5:00 p.m. at the Prudential Center in Newark.

March 10    Red Cross Home Fire Campaign in Perth Amboy

Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event on March 10 with Mayor Wilda Diaz, Perth Amboy Fire Department, Red Cross volunteers and community partners.

March 10    New Jersey Devils Blood Drive at the Prudential Center in Newark

The New Jersey Devils and official partner RWJ Barnabas Health to host their second annual blood drive in coordination with the American Red Cross. The event will take place on Saturday, March 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To make an appointment, visit newjerseydevils.com/blooddrive.

March 15    Raising Spirits in Buena

Join the Red Cross Southern Shore Board of Directors for this fundraising event on March 15 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Buena Vista Country Club, 301 Country Club Lane in Buena.

March 17    Red Cross & Clover Gala in Farmindale

Join the Red Cross on St. Patrick’s Day for their 35th annual fundraising gala on March 17 from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club, 20 Shore Oaks Drive in Farmingdale.

March 24    Red Cross Home Fire Campaign in Trenton

Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event on March 24 with Mayor Eric E. Jackson, Trenton Fire and Emergency Services, Red Cross volunteers and community partners.

March 26    Red Cross Legislative Day at the State House

Red Cross volunteers and employees will be at the State House on March 26 as the State of New Jersey Senate and General Assembly present a joint resolution to the American Red Cross New Jersey Region recognizing March as Red Cross Month.

March 28    Giving Day

The Red Cross is asking everyone to support people impacted by disasters and #help1family on Giving Day – Wednesday, March 28. Your donation can help provide hope and urgent relief such as food, blankets and other essentials to people who need it most. Giving Day is a 24-hour fundraising campaign supporting the work of the Red Cross, helping people across the country in need of emergency assistance. Donate now by visiting redcross.org/givingday.

In addition, numerous counties and municipalities will be issuing proclamations recognizing March is Red Cross Month across the state.

“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.