By Robert James/American Red Cross
I learned about the American Red Cross two years ago when I was thirteen, on my first trip to see family in India. I was really inspired that people everywhere were connected to each other by their humanitarian service.
When I joined the Red Cross my first experience was a Sound the Alarm smoke alarm installation event. It was incredible! The event made me realize that helping others is important — whether installing fire alarms or delivering food and care following a disaster. In just one afternoon, we had made a real difference by making people’s homes and families safer. That was a completely new experience for me.
As a result, I signed up for more Sound the Alarm events in other communities. I saw how personal contact with children and adults, inside their homes, made them more open to the idea of being prepared for emergencies.