I've been a Red Crosser for more than 20 years, and one of the most meaningful experiences I have ever had has been my involvement in our life-saving initiative called Sound the Alarm. As part of a national home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event taking place across the US from April 28th – May 13th, we'll be installing hundreds of smoke alarms in Rochester on Saturday, May 12, and you can help!
The Red Cross responds to a disaster every 8 minutes, most of which are home fires. I've responded to many fires personally over the years, and they are always heartbreaking. Did you know that on average, 7 people die each day from a home fire? Sadly, children and the elderly disproportionately lose their lives. Having working smoke alarms is the best way to prevent home fire disasters – it nearly doubles a persons’ chances of survival!
I would be most grateful if you supported my efforts to install smoke alarms as part of my local team. You can sponsor me by donating to my personal fundraising page and helping me reach my goal of $500. Just $15 can cover the fire safety training and installation of one smoke alarm. A gift of any size helps the Red Cross prepare, respond and help families recover from home fires.
We are still looking for volunteers to assist with our May 5 pre-canvas and May 12 installation. Please visit soundthealarm.org/mn to volunteer in a group, with your family or just come out and join the Red Cross team. A few hours of your time can mean all the difference to at-risk families.
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