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American Red Cross honors New Jersey heroes during Red Cross Month celebration in March

NEW JERSEY – As climate disasters, blood donation needs and other emergencies upend lives, community heroes are stepping up to help care for one another.

This March, the American Red Cross is honoring those who make its mission possible during the 80th annual American Red Cross Month celebration — a national tradition that began in 1943 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the first Red Cross Month proclamation.

The New Jersey Region will kick off Red Cross Month with a flag raising and ceremony onboard the Battleship New Jersey in Camden on Sunday, March 5, and will hold volunteer recognition events throughout the month. Several iconic New Jersey locations will be illuminated red to recognize Red Cross Month, including the New Jersey State House and the Battleship New Jersey. Red Cross flag raisings will take place in Paramus, Holmdel, Fort Lee, Parsippany and Edison, and the New Jersey Devils will recognize Red Cross Month during their March 25 game at the Prudential Center in Newark.

“The Red Cross is powered by our volunteers who give of their time, talents and compassion to help others in need every day,” said Rosie Taravella, CEO, American Red Cross New Jersey Region. “This humanitarian spirit is at the heart of our community, and we are proud to honor all those who make our mission possible during this year’s Red Cross Month celebration. You can join in their commitment by volunteering, giving blood or platelets, donating, or taking a lifesaving skills course.”

Participate in Red Cross Month by visiting to give blood or platelets, become a volunteer, make a financial donation or take a class in lifesaving skills, such as first aid, CPR and how to use an AED.

On March 22, people can also join the annual Red Cross Giving Day campaign by donating at to help provide shelter, food, relief items, emotional support and other assistance for people affected by disasters big and small.

Today’s Red Cross volunteers, blood and platelet donors, and supporters are advancing the lifesaving legacy of Clara Barton — one of the most honored women in U.S. history — who founded the American Red Cross more than 140 years ago. Her vision to prevent and alleviate human suffering has never wavered: Generation after generation, people have come together to adapt this timeless mission for their communities’ most urgent needs.

Today in New Jersey, this includes:

  • Responding every day to home fires and other disasters like tornadoes and floods; providing comfort, care and financial assistance to those affected,
  • Offering support services to our military service members and their families,
  • Helping save lives with skills like first aid and CPR, and
  • Giving the gift of life through blood donations.

When volunteer blood and platelet donors lend an arm this March, they’ll help keep the blood supply from dropping this spring. All who come to give blood, platelets or plasma March 1-31, 2023,​​​​ will receive a $10 Visa® Prepaid Card by email.* Plus, they’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win a $3,000 Visa Prepaid Card – which could help toward expenses like gas or groceries. There will be five lucky winners.* People can book a time to give blood or platelets by visiting, downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

New Jersey residents can help support the Red Cross while filing their 2022 NJ State Tax Returns. Donations can be made by checking box 75 on the NJ-1040 Form and entering Code 14 for the American Red Cross-NJ Fund.

For more information about Red Cross Month events in New Jersey, volunteer opportunities, blood donation and other ways to support the work of the Red Cross, visit

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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