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Red Cross Supports Puerto Rican Family after Tragic Home Fire

home fire survivor Luis Monzón

“The Red Cross was the first one to arrive,” said home fire survivor Luis Monzón.

The Red Cross was the first one to arrive...

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.

  • 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.