In my 26th year with the American Red Cross, the first 22 as a Volunteer and last 4 as an employee, my passion for this organization continues to grow.
Starting as a Volunteer Health and Safety Instructor and instructor trainer I quickly added Disaster Volunteer to my growing list of Volunteer duties. It was in this area, as a Disaster Action Team member, that I would witness the devastating effects that home fires have on families. Imagine at one moment you have relative comfort and in no less than 30 minutes you have nothing but the clothes on your back. Imagine waking up in the middle of the night and all of your esources have been destroyed as well. With banks closed, family and friends a disatance away, where do you go? What will you eat? What will you wear? Imagine people showing up dressed in red, "I'm sorry for your loss. I'm a Red Cross Volunteer and I'm here to help you find a place to sleep, get somthing to eat and replace a small portion with your clothes." Imagine what you would say when this same person tells you that they will provide all of this at not cost to you,; "It's a gift from the American People!"
The American Red Cross, for over a century, has been doing this without Government funding, rather, we have been blessed by the support and generosity of the American people.
For the first time ever, the American Red Cross has now begun an annual fund AND awareness raising event to rally our communities around. The Sound the Alarm event will join communities all over the United States in an effort to reduce the devistating effects of home fires by installing free smoke detectors in some of the 40% of homes that do not have a working unit.
As my friend or family, please consider a small donation to help in this worthwhile endeavor!
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