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Posted Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Board Recognizes Invaluable Contributions of Red Cross Volunteers

The Morris County Freeholders have proclaimed March 2019 as American Red Cross Month in Morris County, asking county residents to recognize and thank the selfless Red Cross volunteers and donors who give of their time and resources to help the community.

Red Cross representatives accept a proclamation from Freeholders.

Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo applauds as Red Cross volunteer and board member Hart Coven and Joanne Autore and Cindy McCullum of Red Cross Volunteer Services accept a proclamation Wednesday from Morris County Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. At right is Freeholder Deputy Director Heather Darling.

“The Red Cross is filled with selfless volunteers who are ready to serve whether it be to help flood victims, find shelter for residents who have lost their homes to fire, provide blood to help trauma victims, assist cancer patients, or use their life-saving skills to save persons having heart attacks,” said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana.

“We strongly commended them for their efforts to alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.’’

The proclamation was issued at the Wednesday, March 27, Freeholder Board meeting in Morristown. It was presented Hart Coven, Volunteer and Executive Board member of the Red Cross N.J. CrossRoads Chapter, and Holly Lenhardt, Joanne Autore, and Cindy McCullum of Red Cross Services.

The Crossroads chapter serves 8.8 million people, including 1.1 million people in Morris, Union and Warren Counties, and the towns of Millburn and Short Hills in Essex County.

In 2016, the New Jersey Region did the following:

  • Responded to 770 local disasters, helping 1,800 families displaced by home fires.
  • Collected more than 89,000 units of blood through blood drives and our donation centers.
  • Trained 116,000 individuals with life-saving skills in preparedness, CPR, AED use, first aid and aquatics.
  • Provided 3,600 military family case services with emergency messages, helping families find assistance and/or get counseling and referrals.

These Red Cross services were made possible by the generous contribution of time from more than 5,000 volunteers across the state, including Morris County, who help make a difference in their communities!

For more information on the American Red Cross visit the CrossRoads Chapter here.