Up Close

“You can impress people at a distance, but you can impact them only up close.”-Howard Hendricks

Most of us work with people. I know, you must be saying, “Jay, please be a bit more deeper than that today.” Just think about it for a minute. We work with people. Not robots, not machines. People. People are not perfect. Just like you and I, they can be annoying, but they are not perfect. They make mistakes. So how can you influence someone and guide them in your day to day work or life? Can you do it from a distance? Not getting too close, just instructing from afar? Obviously, after reading the quote above you know the answer. You can only impact them up close.

 Is there someone in your life that you know you can help, influence, or guide, but you just haven’t been able to have a breakthrough with them? Maybe you are too far away. Maybe, just maybe, by you getting a bit closer, reaching out and offering your helping hand, you can be the biggest influence in that person’s life. It could be that your decision to look past the persons imperfections could result in lifting up someone that could be a shining star. When that happens, you have just contributed to the bigger picture of life.

Be encouraged,



Jay Arisso Jr., BSB, CGRS

Manager fo Family Services at NJ Sharing Network

Jay oversees NJ Sharing Network’s Family Services department and is Senior Pastor of La Iglesia de Hoy Church in Elizabeth, NJ.

Welcome 2014!

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!

As I sit here and reflect on the past year, I can’t help but think of how wonderful 2013 was and how 2014 is going to be even better. So, let’s go with the theme of “out with the old and in with the new” and let’s talk about all the good that this year will bring!

January 2014: Did you happen to catch the Donate Life Float at the Rose Parade on TV yesterday? This year the Donate Life Float won the Theme Trophy with its “Light Up the World” theme. What an accomplishment! Check out photos from the event or watch the video to get a better look at the float in action! The Donate Life Float can be seen about 7 minutes in. 

February 2014: As many of you may know, Valentine’s Day also happens to be my birthday. It couldn’t be more perfect; a day full of love and the color red… my two favorite things (if you don’t count shoes). February 14th also marks National Donor Day, a day which highlights the power to save lives through donation. So with that, let’s make February a month full of love… love for family, love for friends, and love for everyone touched by organ and tissue donation – something so many of us have in common. You also might remember that Mr. Pumps and I were to be married on February 14th… and we decided that since the day is already full of engagements we would have a nice small ceremony for our family. Stay tuned because I can’t wait to show you the pictures after the big day!

April 2014: Three words… DONATE LIFE MONTH! Woo Hoo! I am super excited for DLM 2014, and even though it is a little ways away, we have already started planning over here at NJSN. On April 12th, we will be holding our 2nd Annual Volunteer Conference in honor of National Volunteer Week (April 6-12). Registration is not yet open, but you can count on me to let you know when it is. I hope to see you there! Like us on Facebook and be sure to keep up with upcoming Donate Life Month events!

June 2014: I can’t believe it, but the 4th Annual 5K is only 5 months away! If you haven’t yet, visit www.NJSharingNetwork.org to register today. Start talking to family and friends about their involvement this year and be sure to share with us your photos of fundraising or team events along the way! You can send them to aabramo@njsharingnetwork.org.

Wow, we have so many wonderful things coming up! Stayed tuned for more updates 🙂


Ms. Pumps

Ms. Pumps Donate Life Med

She’s red. She’s lovable. And she has a lot to say. She’s Ms. Pumps, NJ Sharing Network’s favorite mascot!