Give Back and Sigh Up

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Give Back and Sign Up

As those of you who have checked your mailbox in recent weeks know, it’s that time of year when we are asked to contribute to an organization with members who work tirelessly to keep us safe: The Livingston First Aid Squad. It is important to realize that its active members are not paid. They are our neighbors and friends, who donate their time to be there for us during emergency medical situations, as well as provide many other supports and services to the community.

Livingston residents count on the LFAS in times of need but, unfortunately, when it comes to stepping up with monetary support, we have been falling short. Two years ago, less than 30 percent of the township donated. It is disappointing to think that so few of our residents support a service which could someday save their lives.

Although the township pays for fuel and workman’s compensation insurance, the rest of the costs – more than $100,000 per year to cover bills and maintain the emergency response vehicles – are paid from donations. The LFAS is not a tax-supported municipal service, and it does not charge for its help. Members responded to more than a thousand calls last year, and as more residential units and businesses enter the township, that number will only grow.

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