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American Red Cross to Celebrate Red Cross Day at State House
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Date: March 6, 2007
Contact: Diane Concannon, Public Relations Director 609.951.2116; (cell) 609.206.4043

Princeton, NJ, March 6, 2007 – In celebration of March is Red Cross Month, representatives from American Red Cross chapters throughout New Jersey will present Safety Steps at the State House on Thursday, March 8, 2007. There will be demonstrations for aiding choking victims and using an automatic external defibrillator (AED), as well as an emergency response vehicle on site and disaster response walk-through stations. Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts will present a joint resolution proclaiming March 8 as Red Cross Day in New Jersey.

What: Red Cross Day at the New Jersey State House

When: Thursday, March 8, 2007, 10 am to 2:30 pm

Where: State House, 125 West State St., Trenton, NJ

Highlights of activities (Story/photo opportunities):
10:45 am, Program, Annex Rooms 101 and 103

  • Richard Kroitsch, a Red Cross volunteer, will discuss how the Red Cross notified him of the birth of his daughter through its Armed Forces Emergency Services (AFES) program while he was serving in Vietnam. The AFES program continues to assist troops serving in the Iraq war.

  • Representatives will speak from the Central New Jersey Chapter, Bergen-Hudson Chapter, Jersey Coast Chapter and Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region.

  • Recognition of Red Cross Month Proclamations from U.S. President and NJ Governor.

1:00 pm, Joint Resolution presentation during Senate and General Assembly Session

  • Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts will present a joint resolution proclaiming March 8 as Red Cross Day in New Jersey.

10:00 am to 2:30 pm, Safety Steps activities, Annex Rooms 101 and 103

  • A Red Cross demonstration of CPR skills, including rescue breathing, assistance to a choking victim, and use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

  • Be Red Cross Ready disaster preparedness presentations – including a walk-through of American Red Cross Disaster Response.

  • Take away information on safety and emergency preparedness.

  • Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services (AFES) share ways in which the Red Cross assists military members and their families. Veterans describe what these services have meant to them.

Within the state of New Jersey, eighteen local Red Cross chapters help people in their communities prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, 34,831 volunteers and 441 full or part-time employees helped the victims of 1,144 fires, floods and other disasters in New Jersey; trained 171,247 residents with First Aid, CPR or other lifesaving skills; taught 107,571 New Jersey youth how to swim or become lifeguards; and provided care and support to 5,472 military families. New Jersey residents donated 105,850 pints of blood through the American Red Cross, the largest U.S. supplier of blood and blood products. The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.


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