The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
This year, as part of We Serve Day, about 20 ServiceMaster employees volunteered to train elementary school children about fire preparedness, fire safety, and basic CPR.
The team, led by Tom Campbell, vice president and deputy general counsel, trained and educated more than 500 children at Hickory Ridge Elementary, with three different projects:
But only a few days later, a fire consumed two apartment units in a building in the same Hickory Ridge neighborhood. The fire and resulting water damage destroyed twelve units in the building. Several of those units were home to children that attended the school where ServiceMaster volunteers held training only days before.
Thankfully, there are no reports that anyone was hurt or killed, but dozens have been displaced.
This sobering event is a reminder about the impact and importance of our work in the community – and just part of the reason why we remain committed to organizations like the American Red Cross.
On Saturday, October 7, you can join the American Red Cross for the “Sound the Alarm, Save a Life” campaign. Thousands of volunteers will canvass Memphis (and 100 other U.S. cities) to install free smoke alarms and develop fire safety plans with families across the community. To register, or for more information, visits www.redcross.org/STAmemphis.
For more information about how you can be part of an American Red Cross Disaster Action Team, please visit www.redcross.org/volunteer.
This story by James Robinson, manager, corporate communications, ServiceMaster, was written for internal use at ServiceMaster and is reprinted here with their permission.