This weekend, volunteers with the Red Cross Northwest IL Chapter will install FREE smoke alarms during Sound the Alarm events in Galena and Elizabeth.
During the Sound Alarm events, Red Cross volunteers will canvass neighborhoods in Galena this Saturday, March 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers will briefly rally at 9 a.m. at 11084 US Highway 20 West (the old Tri-State Christian School). After a short training and the gathering of supplies, volunteers then will go out in the community to install smoke alarms and teach home fire safety education.
Smoke installations will also take place in Elizabeth on Sunday, March 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers will briefly meet at 11 a.m. at the Elizabeth Fire Department located at 202 N. Madison. After a short training and the gathering of supplies, volunteers then will go out in the community to install smoke alarms and teach home fire safety education
During both smoke alarm installations, Red Cross volunteers will help residents create home fire escape plans.
Sound the Alarm is part of American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign. Since its launch in 2014, the Red Cross and community partners have reached more than 1.7 million people and saved more than 552 lives nationwide.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: If you would like to volunteer for one of these events, please show up at 9:00 am for Galena and 11:00 am for Elizabeth. Youth volunteers under the age of 18 will need parental/guardian consent. For other volunteer opportunities, go to www.redcross.org/volunteer.
The Red Cross depends on financial donations to provide immediate disaster relief. Help people affected by severe storms, fires and flooding by visiting redcross.org or calling 1- 800-RED CROSS. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.
DONATE BLOOD: The Red Cross also has a critical need for blood and platelet donations to help meet patient needs. The Red Cross asks eligible individuals to make an appointment today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
About the American Red Cross of Northwest Illinois:
The American Red Cross of Northwest Illinois serves 700,000 people in 10 counties including Boone, Bureau, Carroll, DeKalb,
Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago. 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 us at www.redcross.org/Il/Rockford or visit us on Twitter @RedCross.