(Houston, TX…Saturday, October 13, 2018) —The American Red Cross Greater Houston chapter, along with the Houston Dynamo and Dash, walked the streets of Houston’s Greater East End today educating homeowners about fire safety and installing smoke alarms. Today’s event is part of the larger home fire campaign that the Red Cross uses as an educational opportunity and more importantly, it’s also a way to save lives.
“The Red Cross responds to eight home fires every day. Not only is that a disaster to the family whose home has caught fire, it’s also a tragedy in some instances when there’s loss of life,” said Henry Van De Putte, Regional Chief Executive for the American Red Cross, Texas Gulf Coast. “The Red Cross is honored to partner with the Dynamo and Dash through this life saving initiative. It says a lot that they are willing to go door to door educating families about fire escape plans and the importance of installing and regularly testing smoke alarms.”
The goal for today was to canvass an at-risk neighborhood, install free smoke alarms, teach residents the importance of replacing batteries in existing alarms, and providing fire prevention and safety education. It was a morning well-spent and a learning opportunity for the volunteers from the Dynamo and Dash.
“We are proud to partner with the Red Cross on such an important and impactful campaign and to be able to hopefully help provide some added safety and security for our neighbors,” said Dynamo and Dash President Chris Canetti. “One of our core values as a club is to make a lasting and positive impact on the community around us, and this project is a great way to give back to the community that has always supported us.”
A nourishing breakfast was provided by the McDonald's Greater Houston Owner Operators. A big thank you goes out to them for their support in this life saving community initiative.
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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.