Each year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which was declared a “National Day of Service” in 1994, people across the country come together to try to create solutions to pressing national problems.
This year on MLK Day, 21 people, most volunteers from the Mamaroneck High School American Red Cross Club, distributed 400 fire safety door hangers in two hours to residents of the Village of Mamaroneck. The door hangers contain information about vital safety measures, including ways to heat and cook food safely, the value of smoke alarms and the need to create and practice a household fire escape plan.
“Thanks to Theo Alexander, Chris Campanelli, John Dyer (VP), Mike Dyer, David Gamboa, Jonathan Gamboa, Danielle Kim, JM Knoetgen, Mr. and Mrs. Lawless, Peter Lawless, Yoshi Murakami, Jason Ochs, Max Rothman, Eli Russ (Pres.), Bryan Sepkowski, Scott Vasquez, Sebastian Velez, Joyce Xu, Caden and Robbie for braving the day’s 34 degree weather and helping to turn a day ‘off’ into a day ‘on,’” said Carissa Duro, Greater New York Red Cross Volunteer and Youth Services Associate. “Distributing fire safety and prevention materials is a great way to make a positive difference in our communities.”
The Brunswick School Red Cross Club also participated in the MLK Day of Service: six club members distributed the fire safety door hangers for two hours in and around Greenwich Avenue, in Greenwich, Conn.
Additionally, Alyssa Tarnok (president), Beverly Tai and Chandler Hodder, three seniors from the Fox Lane High School Red Cross Club, spent the morning distributing 300 fire prevention safety tip door hangers in a large townhouse development and another housing development in Mount Kisco, N.Y.
"They kept warm by making a workout of distributing the door-hangers, jogging from house to house," said Duro.
Home fires are the most common disaster threat. Between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012, the Metro New York North Red Cross serving the Lower Hudson Valley, Westchester and Greenwich, Conn., responded to close to 200 emergencies and disasters, the majority of them home fires.