NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council declared April as National Donate Life Month at its Monday, April 15 meeting. Mayor Al Morgan read a proclamation highlighting the importance of organ donations as there is an urgent need for organ and tissue donors nationwide. He also praised the NJ Sharing Network, located in New Providence.

“NJ Sharing Network is committed to addressing that need through increased awareness,” Morgan said. “The transplantation of organs and tissue is a miracle of modern medicine made possible through the compassion of organ and tissue donors, enabling surgeons to save thousands of lives every year. One organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can restore health to over 75 others. People of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and religions are touched by donation and by the serious shortage of organ donors that exists. Currently, there are nearly 4,000 New Jersey residents and 115,000 Americans awaiting life-saving transplant operations,” the proclamation read.

Morgan urged everyone to consider registering as organ and tissue donors. Registering as a donor can be done at a local Motor Vehicle Agency or online at www.NJSharingNetwork.org. It is “our fundamental human responsibility to help others,” he stated.

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Councilman Peter DeSarno accepted the proclamation. He is the controller at the NJ Sharing Network. DeSarno explained that he himself is a double cornea recipient, and therefore forever grateful to the donor for giving him the gift of sight.

With regard to other news the council also recognized Arbor Day to be celebrated on April 26.

Furthermore, the council paid a tribute to local government as April 7-13 is recognized as Local Government Week in New Jersey. “Municipalities are on the front lines of community service, and the goal of this week is to celebrate the work of local government and create awareness of the services provided by your local government,” the proclamation read. He noted the residents are aware of the services provided by the Police, Fire, Rescue Squad, Community Activities and Public Works, however “many may not be aware of Wastewater, Health, Court, Construction, Planning and Development, Engineering, Tax Assessor and Collector, Finance office, Registrar, Clerk/Secretary to the council and General Administration.” He emphasized the importance of all borough employees and volunteers.