For the fifth year, volunteers from the greater Los Angeles Region canvassed communities, honoring Martin Luther King’s legacy with an initiative to help prevent home fires in vulnerable neighborhoods. The Red Cross in our region joined this nationwide effort to reach out to under-served areas.
Almost 200 volunteers from communities, including Long Beach, Korea Town, Sylmar, Palmdale, Pasadena, Lancaster and many more distributed over 4,000 door hangers, visited with 3,900 households and met individually with about 1,200 people.
The annual effort was very well organized. Participants were carefully trained, and the materials were discussed in direct conversations with neighborhood residents. New this year was the participation of the 99 cents Only Stores, which contributed snacks and drinks to the volunteers.
“We have undertaken the MLK Day out reach for the past five years, and each year adds a new layer of understanding the communities the Red Cross helps,” comments Bee Kong, Director of Youth Services. “We’re always so pleased with our youth volunteers who make service the focus of their holiday weekend. They are truly an inspiring group.”