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Use March to Be Red Cross Ready...Then Dance!
 
Date: March 1, 2007
Contact: Diane Concannon, Public Relations Director 609.951.2116; (cell) 609.206.4043
concannond@njredcross.org

Princeton, NJ, March 1, 2007 – When neighbors help neighbors in emergencies, it’s something to celebrate. That is why every U.S. president since Franklin D. Roosevelt has declared March as Red Cross Month.

The American Red Cross of Central New Jersey celebrates the humanitarian spirit of the thousands of neighbors throughout central New Jersey who have helped by donating their time, money and blood through the Red Cross and asks that the community use Red Cross Month as an opportunity to prepare themselves and their families in case of a disaster by learning how to Be Red Cross Ready.

Take three action steps to Be Red Cross Ready: 1. Get a Kit, 2. Make a Plan, 3. Be Informed. Full details about all three steps can be found on the chapter’s web site at www.njredcross.org.

“Even a little bit of planning can make a big difference, like having bottled water ready…or making a family disaster plan, including an agreed upon place to meet if evacuated, or an out of state friend or relative to contact to let others know that you are all right,” said Kevin Sullivan, CEO of the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey. “You can help your own family by having them prepared.”

Be Red Cross Ready will be highlighted throughout chapter events taking place during March. The month’s activities will conclude with the Red Cross Youth Council’s Dance-A-Thon, presented together with 94.5PST.

The Dance-A-Thon is open to high school students from Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon and Somerset counties who, through sponsorships, will be dancing seven hours to benefit local Red Cross programs and services. Fifteen percent of the net proceeds will benefit the Measles Initiative, an international program created to reduce measles deaths. Registered dancers earn community service hours and the chance to win prizes. Information and registration is available online at www.njredcross.org.

“We’re extremely proud of our Youth Council and their strong commitment to making this event a success,” said Kevin Sullivan. “The continuous dedication towards humanitarian efforts we witness from teenagers throughout central New Jersey exemplifies the spirit sought by President Roosevelt when he first declared March as Red Cross Month.”

NOTE TO EDITORS:

The American Red Cross of Central New Jersey is a non-governmental agency that serves the people of Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon, and parts of Somerset counties. Led by volunteers, the Red Cross offers a broad array of vital services to our community in need. You can help too – Volunteer your time, make a monetary donation, donate blood, and/or take a CPR course. For more information on the programs and services of the Red Cross and to learn how you can get involved, visit www.njredcross.org or call 609-951-8550.

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