On Friday, January 4, the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada (PFFN) launched the annual Fire Hurts…Red Cross Helps campaign to raise $300,000 in order to fund emergency assistance for local families who have lost their home to fire. The money raised locally for this campaign stays in Southern Nevada.
“We are thrilled that the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada are partnering with us in assuring that local families are afforded the help they so desperately need when a disaster occurs. The Red Cross and fire fighters work side by side comforting those affected and offering them the first steps to recovery,” said Scott Emerson – CEO of the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada.
“As professional fire fighters, we respond to fires as they are happening,” says Scott Gorgon with the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada. “The Red Cross comes after the fire is out. The Fire Hurts campaign is a natural partnership with the American Red Cross as we work together to meet the immediate needs of local victims of fires.”
The launch for Fire Hurts…Red Cross Helps campaign was at the Henderson Fire Training Center in Henderson NV. Remarks were given by Scott Emerson - CEO of the Southern Nevada Chapter of The American Red Cross, Andy McNeil - Chairman of the Board for the Southern Nevada Chapter of The American Red Cross, and Scott Gorgon with the Professional Fire Fighters of Nevada.
Support came from several generous supports including:
On the average, the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross responds to a residential fire every 23 hours, day and night. Volunteers are on call to respond to a home fire 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Though this disaster assistance is provided by our volunteers, the price tag for the financial help they offer to victims – emergency food, shelter and clothing – is significant.
The Red Cross helps anyone in need, with no strings attached. This emergency financial aid supports families for the first few days, while trained American Red Cross volunteers personally manage each case to help people get back on their feet. All assistance provided by the Red Cross is an outright gift, made possible entirely by contributions from the caring citizens of Southern Nevada.
To donate to the Fire Hurts…Red Cross Helps campaign, visit this link, call (702) 369-3674 or mail a donation to 1771 E. Flamingo Road, Suite 206B Las Vegas, NV 89119.