BENEFITING: American Red Cross
Every night in the North Carolina, more than five house fires occur, leaving families helpless, confused and alone. Red Cross volunteers install free smoke alarms in homes of our neighbors. The effort is part of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign – an initiative that aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent in five years. To date, the campaign has saved 111 lives across the country. This September, more than 300 volunteers installed smoke alarms to save lives in Fayetteville in the homes of military families and their neighbors. “Brave men and woman of our military work every day to make sure we are safe in our homes,” said Barry Porter, CEO of the Red Cross in Eastern N.C. “We want to return the favor and protect them in their own homes with new smoke alarms.” Four Red Cross volunteers visited the home of Cory Hall, an active-duty military member and former firefighter. The team installed four smoke alarms and tested his existing alarms. Because of the newly installed alarms, Hall said he feels confident his family is safe in their home should a fire start. Hall’s neighborhood also welcomed Red Cross teams. Timothy Smith and his family received four alarms. He let out a sigh of relief as they were installed. “We don’t have smoke alarms in our home, and I know that we need them,” Smith said. “I want them installed for my kids. My kids’ safety is the most important thing to me.” For more information about smoke alarm installations or how to create a home fire escape plan, visit redcross.org/fire. To see video footage from our September smoke alarm install event, watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt0e8RyTedE&feature=youtu.be. Thank you!