MADISON, NJ - At Monday evenings Council meeting Mayor Bob Conley presented a proclamation to Christine Hodde of the NJ Crossroad Chapter of the American Red Cross, declaring March 2016 as American Red Cross Month.
 
“It’s always an honor to represent volunteers,” Hodde said. “They are 90% of our work force and give unselfishly.”
 
The New Jersey Crossroads Chapter serves a population of 1.1 million people in Morris, Union and Warren Counties, and Millburn and Short Hills in Essex County. 
 

“Morris County is full of every day heroes. They are our compassionate Red Cross volunteers, selfless blood donors and generous supporters who help their neighbors when they need it most,” added Hodde. 

The Chapter responded to 889 local disasters, helping 1,820 families displaced by fires. Collected 89,000 units of blood through blood drives and donation centers. Trained 117,000 people with life-saving skills, such as CPR and provided assistance to 4,000 military families.

"This was made possible by the contribution of time by 5,800 volunteers, including many in Morris County."

Hodde explained in a release, that Red Cross volunteers help families find shelter after a home fire, give blood to help trauma victims and cancer patients, deliver comfort items to military members in the hospital, use lifesaving skills to save someone from a heart attack, drowning, or choking; and enable children to be vaccinated from measles and rubella, among many of their contributions.

For more information on the American Red Cross visit the Crossroads Chapter at: http://www.redcross.org/local/nj/locations/summit