SPRINGFIELD, NJ - In honor of March being dedicated as American Red Cross Month, Mayor Erica Dubois read a proclamation on behalf of the township committee, thanking the organization for all their work in various fields, including disaster relief efforts.

The proclamation noted that throughout the state of New Jersey, the Red Cross has assisted various groups, responding to 902 local emergencies in the past year alone.

Some of the work that the Red Cross has done locally includes installing more than 31,000 smoke alarms since 2014, responding to an average of 5,100 military calls each year, and collecting an average of 95,000 units of blood annually from blood drives in the state.

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Paul Gass, a Springfield resident and  New Jersey Regional Preparedness Manager for the Red Cross was on hand to receive the proclamation. Speaking with TAPinto after the meeting, Gass said that proclamations like the one posted by the town are important to keep the work of the Red Cross in the public eye.

"It's very important that we keep the recognition of the Red Cross work going on," Gass said. "And from the state level to the municipal level, every level partners with the Red Cross in some form, and indeed we've partnered with Springfield on many occasions and continue to do so."

He added, "That's what we're here to support, partner and collaborate with municipalities, counties, state agencies. And the bottom line is to help as many people as we can."