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American Red Cross Volunteers Participate in Day of Service

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While some spent the day honoring Martin Luther King for his bold accomplishments with civil rights, others honored him by participating in a day of service.


Many volunteers dedicated their day to help prevent house fires in vulnerable neighborhoods.


Volunteers from the American Red Cross, some boy scouts, and even a local fraternity were out in numbers, Monday morning, delivering vital information door-to-door.


The American Red Cross see's first-hand how devastating a house fire can be.


"When you go to a fire it's sad because you know that the family just lost basically everything, but it's also warming to know that you are there to do anything possible to help," said Alex Tucker, American Red Cross Volunteer.

Volunteers knocked on doors to make sure fewer families have to go through that heart wrenching pain.

"We are making sure that people understand what they can do to prepare," said Tanya Holloway, Emergency Services Specialist for the American Red Cross. "We also want them to understand what they need to do to have an evacuation plan and how to get out."

"We like to think of it as a day on, not a day off," said Tucker.

American Red Cross statistics show that underprivileged areas are more likely to have a fire occur, that's one of the reasons why they chose the neighborhoods in the Cedar Grove and Glenwood areas.

"We ran into a couple of people who didn't have a plan and maybe hadn't thought about what to do," said Holloway. "We feel like if we can maybe just even save one household it's very impactful."

About 25 volunteers of all ages canvassed the area, asking key questions and encouraging preparedness.

"It calms and helps and nurtures our hearts to know that other people are safer, because of our actions," said Stephen Brown, Volunteer.

The volunteers were able to cover more than 150 homes and they hope to be able to continue on to other areas soon.