Topeka, KS, January 16, 2012 — The Red Cross Kansas Capital Area Chapter volunteers are preparing to hit the streets of Topeka for the organization's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Caring and partnering with the Topeka Fire Department this year.
The one-day volunteer driven activity will take place Monday, January 21 this year and will have one main goal: to increase fire prevention and awareness in the City of Topeka.
"Our volunteers will canvas high risk neighborhoods in Topeka," said Debra Tucker, Regional Volunteer Coordinator for the Kansas Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, "The event raises awareness to the number one disaster, home fires."
Volunteers will hang information on doors of homes and apartments, but also educate the public at the same time. The City of Topeka currently has an opportunity for citizens to receive new smoke alarms or batteries for their homes through a grant application that will also be given to residents. For more information about the smoke alarms and batteries you can call 368-4000.
If you are interested in volunteering with the Red Cross in Topeka, call Debra Tucker at 785-235-0568 or email Debra.Tucker@redcross.org.
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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.