In Puerto Rico, Luis Monzón always supported the American Red Cross, but never imagined he would need their help when a fire completely destroyed his home.
“The Red Cross helped me in a way that I didn’t expect,” said Monzón. “The Red Cross was the first one to arrive.”
For Monzón, who helped save his wife’s life by getting her out of their burning home, it was shocking to have lost everything the family had worked for their entire life. Surveying the charred wreckage that was once their home, Monzón embraced a Red Cross volunteer, thanking her for being there for his family during this difficult moment. Amid devastation, he is grateful to the Red Cross who provided financial assistance to help start his family’s recovery process
“When we most needed them, they were present,” said Monzón.
Red Cross Home Fire Campaign
To help combat the threat of home fires, the Red Cross announced a national campaign this past October to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years. The Red Cross has already prepared nearly 30,000 households and installed more than 50,000 smoke alarms.
Support Home Fire Survivors
To support home fire survivors like Monzón, the Red Cross also launched a new social media campaign in February called #GiveWhatFireTakes, in conjunction with the Home Fire Campaign.