Red Cross joins National Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service


As many as 400 local volunteers from the American Red Cross Knoxville Regional Chapter will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friday, January 18 through Monday, January 21 by distributing vital fire safety information to 10,000 homes throughout Knox County. Volunteers will canvass designated neighborhoods and the University of Tennessee campus with fire safety information and talk with community residents, leaving behind educational door hangers with information about preventing or surviving home fires by practicing fire safety and awareness. Beforehand, the volunteers will be trained on fire prevention.

“Dr. King worked for increased opportunity for all Americans,” said Aida Reyes, American Red Cross Regional Volunteer and Youth Director. “In this time of economic challenge for the nation, Dr. King's vision of service and volunteering are more critical than ever. We need Americans to serve and strengthen their own and each other's economic security. Service is a powerful way for citizens, nonprofits, the private sector and government to work together to meet critical needs and advance King's dream of opportunity for all. That's why the American Red Cross Knoxville Regional Chapter is celebrating the MLK Day of Service by raising fire prevention awareness.”

Since 2008, volunteers have celebrated the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday by reaching more than 300,000 households nationally, holding conversations about fire and safety and providing bilingual fire safety information. Every day the Red Cross helps people affected by more than 170 home fires, which are America’s #1 disaster threat. Most of the nearly 70,000 disasters the Red Cross responds to each year are fire-related but unlike other disasters, most home fires can be prevented. Fires can affect anyone, regardless of background or geographic location.

Participants in MLK Day of Service may choose to sign up as either individuals or teams for one of seven available shifts and be assigned to a neighborhood; or canvass their own neighborhood, either alone or with fellow neighbors, a team of co-workers, club or church group, or family members.

Trainings are scheduled Thursday, January 17 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Friday, January 18 from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. at the American Red Cross 6921 Middlebrook Pike in Knoxville.

For additional information, call 865-584-2999 and ask for either Project Coordinator Lori Marsh or Volunteer Coordinator Aida Reyes

Please complete the MLK Day of Service Information Sheet.