Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Wildwood paints town red to support American Red Cross


WILDWOOD – March is Red Cross Month and the city of Wildwood, along with the borough of West Wildwood will be painting the towns red to show their support of the American Red Cross and encourage residents and visitors alike to donate blood, volunteer time or make a monetary donation.

To show its support of the 136-year-old humanitarian organization Wildwood will bathe the iconic Wildwoods sign in red light and its neighbor on the Five Mile Island, West Wildwood, will light its welcome sign with red.

“The American Red Cross plays an important role in our nation’s as well as our local tapestry,” said Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano. “It provides disaster relief, education and emergency relief to those in need.  It is only fitting that the city shows its support of the American Red Cross during the month of March by using red lighting on the city’s famous sign.”

For the past 75 years March has been designated Red Cross month in recognition of the organization’s helping people.  This year the organization is saluting those who help others by donating blood or platelets, volunteering to help others impacted by disaster, taking a first aid or CPR course or those providing comfort to an active member of the military, a veteran or a veteran and their family.

“By lighting the Wildwoods sign and beach balls with red, we hope to remind people of the work done by the American Red Cross as well as to encourage them to show their support by donating blood, time or funding,” said John Sicilano, Executive Director of the Greater Wildwoods Tourism and Improvement District (GWTIDA).

Wednesday, March 28 will also be a red letter day throughout Wildwood and West Wildwood as the municipalities as they celebrate Giving Day.  On that date, the American Red Cross is asking everyone to support people impacted by disasters and #help1family.  Donations can help provide hope and urgent relief such as food, blankets and other essentials to people who need it most.

“Whether it is blood, blankets or reassurance, the Red Cross is always ready to step in and offer their assistance,” Troiano said. “They are a shining light when the darkness of tragedy strikes.  They deserve our support.”

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