March 14, 2014 at 2:24 PM
To the Editor:
March is American Red Cross Month. In times of disaster and emergencies, the American Red Cross has been there. They provide immediate response and recovery to those who need it the most. We know that they did after storms like Irene and Sandy, but as recent as this month, they assisted residents in Edison when a fire left many residents homeless. The Red Cross was on the scene and helped to provide temporary lodging and food and meals to those affected. Additionally, the Red Cross helps to prepare communities when needed including blood drives for area hospitals like St. Peters, JFK and Robert Wood Johnson.
However, now more than ever they need our help. More than ninety cents of every dollar they raise goes directly to the communities they serve. Equally important, they rely upon volunteers to deliver services. More than ninety percent of their support comes from volunteers from our neighborhoods.
For that reason, I would like to encourage New Jersey residents to volunteer and lend a hand to the American Red Cross. Disaster can happen at anytime and having a helpful hand and face makes it a bit easier to survive. Lastly, as tax season is upon us, I also encourage people to help support the American Red Cross – New Jersey Fund on your NJ-1040 State Tax Form. A few bucks can go along way to helping those in need after a disaster.
Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin (D-Middlesex)
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