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Fire Can Take Everything a Family Has - #GiveWhatFireTakes

Home Fire Safety
Help home fire survivors through #GiveWhat FireTakes

Every day, fire takes something, often leaving the people involved with only the clothes on their backs.

To support home fire survivors across the country, the American 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.

FIRE CLAIMS NORTH CAROLINA FAMILY’S HOME Early one morning, 5-year-old Matthew was awakened by the smoke alarm beeping. “I woke up and saw fire at the bottom of our bed,” he related. Matthew immediately screamed to his brother, Daniel, Jr., “there’s a fire.” They both jumped out of bed, and ran to their parent’s bedroom to tell them about the fire.

Their mom, Christy, ran into the boy’s bedroom to find the ottoman at the bottom of their bed on fire, and soon the room was fully engulfed in flames. She yelled to everyone, “get out of the house now.” She grabbed baby, Maddie, as dad (Danie) got the boys and they frantically ran out of the house.

“We were just standing there in a daze watching our home burn to the ground within a matter of minutes,” said Christy. “Everything we have worked so hard for was all gone.” She credits the smoke detector for saving their lives.

As they stood outside in the dark, the children were starting to get cold. They realized the only things they had were the pajamas they were wearing – not even a pair of shoes. “It was at that point that I comprehended we were homeless – no home, no clothes and no food – we had nothing,” said Daniel.

“Then out of nowhere, a Red Cross truck drove up, and it was such a relief to see them. Because of the Red Cross, we didn’t have to sleep in our car. They made it possible for us to have a roof over our head - food to eat, clothes on our back and a great deal of support. We couldn’t have made it without them. Thank you, Red Cross. The work you do and the support you provide are awesome.”

#GIVEWHATFIRETAKES To support home fire survivors like Matthew and his family, take part in the #GiveWhatFireTakes campaign and make a donation that could support families after a home fire and other disasters.


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 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.

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.