Sunday, August 2, 2015

Red Cross Canvasses Bellefonte Community

Members of the Kish Community Action Team joined with other Red Cross staff and volunteers to participate in a Fire Preparedness event held in Bellefonte on Saturday, August 1, 2015. Close to 30 people canvassed the community, going door-to-door to install free smoke detectors to those who needed them, while educating the residents on the importance of fire preparedness. This event, which was made possible in part by the generosity of Ben Franklin Technology Partners, was part of the Red Cross’ effort to reduce the number of fire injuries and fatalities by 25% over a five year period.

“Right here in Centre County we remember three Bellefonte structures that have been devastated by fires in the past - the DoDe, Garman Theater, and Bush House,” noted Red Cross Mid State Executive Director Stephanie Fost. “Today, the Red Cross wants to try to change that story with our Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. Walking door-to-door with our friends and neighbors, we’re probably smiling because of the time spent together, but we also know that we might save another historic structure or, more importantly, a life. That is the best way the Red Cross can make a difference in our communities.”

St. John's Church on East Bishop Street graciously permitted the Red Cross to use their parking lot as a staging area and allowed the group to borrow their tables and chairs for pre and post event activities. Thank you to the people of St. John's, the volunteers, and all the residents who allowed us access to their homes. Due to the hard work of many, the Red Cross was able to install roughly 100 smoke detectors in under four hours.

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