Letter to the Editor: March is Red Cross Month

The American Red Cross sets aside the month of March as Red Cross Month, a time to celebrate our everyday heroes who help their neighbors when they need it most.

The Red Cross depends on compassionate local individuals to deliver help and hope to people in need during an emergency. Volunteers constitute approximately 90% of the Red Cross workforce. Last year, the Red Cross New Jersey Region responded to 848 local disasters such as home fires and provided emergency assistance to more than 2,004 displaced families; collected 90,923 units of blood; provided 6,898 services to members of the military and their families; and trained 72,073 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics.

March is a great time to become part of the Red Cross. It’s easy. You can make a difference in your community by becoming a Red Cross volunteer, blood donor or financial contributor by going to redcross.org/NJ. You can also help make your own family safer this March by taking two simple steps: Practice your family’s fire escape plan and test your smoke alarms. More information and free tools are available at redcross.org/FireSafety.

The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work. An average of 90 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.

People can also help the Red Cross while filing their 2020 NJ State Tax Returns. Donations can be made by entering Code 14 for the American Red Cross-NJ Fund on lines 73-75 of the NJ-1040 Form and designating the amount.

Thank you to all of the Red Cross supporters in New Jersey who assist their neighbors during life’s darkest hours. We are deeply grateful.

Izumi Hara
Board Member
American Red Cross, Northern New Jersey Chapter

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