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Every Eight Minutes, Fire Takes Something

Home Fires
Help home fire survivors through #GiveWhat FireTakes.

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:

  • Help provide two blankets for $10
  • Help install 2 smoke alarms for those who need them for as little as $30
  • Help provide clothing and shoes for a family for $100
  • Help provide financial assistance to a family after a fire destroys their home for $550

    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 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:

  • Installed 30,624 smoke alarms
  • Replaced batteries in 5,518 smoke alarms
  • Served 51,503 people and helped 13,945 households develop fire escape plans
  • Visit our Crowdrise campaign page, make a direct donation on and share what moved you to join the campaign on social media with #GiveWhatFireTakes.

    About the American Red Cross:
    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.