Thank you to the Los Angeles Kings and the Kings Care Foundation for donating $30,000 to support the Red Cross L.A. Region’s Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. Home fires are the number one cause of disaster fatalities in the U.S. today, and the local campaign focuses on reducing the number of home fires in L.A.’s most vulnerable communities.
The donation was made on Sat., Nov. 12, 2016 as part of the Hawthorne Home Fire Preparedness event. The gift is part of the LA Kings’ 50th anniversary celebration highlighting the club’s Forever 50 community initiative supporting 50 charitable acts throughout the Los Angeles area.
In addition to the club's generous donation, LA Kings staff members and Bailey, the LA Kings mascot, joined Red Cross and community volunteers at the Hawthorne event and another campaign in Wilmington to install free smoke alarms and assist families in creating emergency escape plans.
“The LA Kings are very pleased to join the American Red Cross in supporting this important initiative to help reduce the number of home fires around the country and LA County,” said Kelly Cheesman, Chief Operating Officer for the LA Kings and AEG Sports. “All Kings fans’ should ensure their smoke alarms are working and develop a family escape plan.”
Jarrett Barrios, American Red Cross Los Angeles Region CEO, applauds the LA Kings commitment to helping the Red Cross save lives. “Fire experts agree that having working smoke alarms in a home can increase the chances of surviving by 50 percent,” said Barrios. “We are grateful to the LA Kings for helping us deliver this important message and for giving back to the community where the franchise began in 1966.”
Home Fire Preparedness events are part of the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region’s PrepareSoCal Campaign, which focuses on the needs of individuals and families to prepare for disasters, small and large, and to promote community resiliency within the most vulnerable communities.
The American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters a year and most of these are home fires. The Campaign aims to reduce home fire deaths and injuries across the nation by 25 percent over the next five years. To date, the Red Cross Los Angeles Region has installed over 9,000 smoke alarms in vulnerable communities throughout the L.A. area.