In San Francisco, fire impacted several buildings over the weekend and the American Red Cross helped the multiple families affected. In Illinois, a fire recently displaced two families and Red Cross workers were there to offer support. In North Carolina, three families were displaced due to an apartment fire and, again, Red Cross workers responded.
In this country, these scenes are repeated again and again, every day, sometimes with dire consequences. Every eight minutes, fire takes something. Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire.
#GIVEWHATFIRETAKES To support home fire survivors across the country, the Red Cross launched a new social media campaign this month called #GiveWhatFireTakes, in conjunction with the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. You can help by taking part in the #GiveWhatFireTakes, campaign and make a donation that could support families after a home fire and other disasters.
You can purchase symbolic items like these and help the thousands of people affected by disasters like home fires every year:
TWO WAYS TO DONATE
SET GOALS AND FUNDRAISE WITH CROWDRISE Whether you form a team or fundraise as an individual, Crowdrise puts you on the front lines of fundraising for home fire prevention and recovery. We even helped provide easy symbolic gift goals to help fundraise through your networks.
CHOOSE YOUR OWN AMOUNT A new donation page on redcross.org allows you to choose a support amount based on how much you can give. Donation levels represent a range of items that the Red Cross typically provides after a fire.
THE HOME FIRE PREPAREDNESS CAMPAIGN aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent over the next five years. #GiveWhatFireTakes supports the efforts of Red Cross workers all across the country who are educating people about fire safety through door-to-door canvassing and installation of smoke alarms in some of these neighborhoods.
As of January 28, 2015, hundreds of Red Cross workers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico: