NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council recognized the American Red Cross at its Monday, March 11 meeting. Mayor Al Morgan read a proclamation in the organization’s honor and proclaimed March 2019 as Red Cross Month.

The American Red Cross was founded more than 137 years ago as a humanitarian organization, “guided by seven fundamental principles—including humanity, impartiality and independence—to provide services to those in need regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or citizenship status,” the proclamation read.  The American Red Cross is one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world with a mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering during emergencies.

“Every year, the American Red Cross responds to an average of more than 62,000 disasters across the country, from small home fires to devastating massive disasters. Last year’s large crises included mudslides in California, a volcano in Hawaii, wildfires in Colorado and California, destructive hurricanes in Florida and the Carolinas, and a devastating typhoon in U.S. territories. Thousands of American Red Cross volunteers provided around-the-clock shelter for disaster victims, served millions of meals and snacks with partners, and distributed millions of relief items,” the proclamation read.

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The Red Cross has a long history of helping New Jersey residents in need. “The Red Cross New Jersey Region assisted with 902 local disasters in the past year alone and helped save lives through our Home Fire Campaign,” Morgan read. Since the campaign started in October 2014, the New Jersey Region has worked with community partners to install more than 31,761 smoke alarms. Furthermore, the Red Cross handles an average of 5,100 emergency military calls annually and collects an average of 95,000 units of blood from donors.

“March is Red Cross Month, a special time to recognize and thank the Red Cross volunteers and donors who give of their time and resources to help members of the community. The Red Cross depends on these local heroes to deliver help and hope during a disaster. We applaud our heroes here in New Jersey who give of themselves to assist their neighbors when they need a helping hand,” Morgan said.

“The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families,” the proclamation read. The month of March is dedicated to all those who support the American Red Cross mission. Morgan encouraged everyone to support the organization’s mission.

Morgan also emphasized the organization’s effort in New Providence in the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd in 1999 as well as during many other storms since then.