“If you want to donate a gift this year, donate a smoke alarm” – Renee Hughes, CEO, American Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania Region
PHILADELPHIA – Approaching the corner of Ditman Street, I noticed individuals in red vests and jackets, a tent with the words “American Red Cross” and a robust group of firefighters dressed and ready as if they were prepared to take action the moment a disaster occurred.
The American Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania Region and the Philadelphia Fire Department are installing free smoke alarms and educating residents along the streets of Philadelphia about the importance of fire safety.
Throughout this “No More Fire Deaths” campaign, there has been a 61% reduction in deaths from home fires thanks to the installation of 3,000 ten-year battery powered smoke alarms within homes.
With the help of the fire department, the Red Cross and local partners, we can reduce fire deaths and injuries in a city of 1.5 million people by implementing family action plans and working together to promote a safer environment for all.
The air outside is crisp and the holidays are around the corner. When you’re not rushing through your holiday to-do list or bouncing from one holiday party to the next, it’s a breath of fresh air to sit and enjoy the season. It’s a time to stay in and bake cookies, sip hot cocoa, curl up by the fire and spend time with loved ones. But for some, this time will be spent in the hospital waiting on blood products to help them get well.
Each day, the American Red Cross needs 14,000 blood donations to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. During the holiday season, donations often decline because donors are busier with holiday activities and travelling to see loved ones. The decline could have a serious impact for hospital patients depending on generous blood and platelet donations.
While making special holiday memories with friends and family this season, consider giving a meaningful gift to someone in need. By donating blood or platelets with the Red Cross, you could give a hospital patient in need the chance to make their own memories.
This season, create memories and start new traditions. Make donating blood or platelets part of your holiday to-do list. To find a donation opportunity near you, download the Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. You can also help support the Red Cross by asking others to donate or creating a SleevesUp virtual blood drive.