Local Red Cross efforts to meet national campaign goal

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Northeast Arkansas American Red Cross celebrated its centennial year on Saturday.

The local Red Cross handed out over 1,000 smoke alarms in an effort to give back to the community.

More than 400 volunteers, including members of the Jonesboro Fire Department and the A-State Athletic Department, formed teams and went door to door in at-risk neighborhoods.

The teams visited over 300 homes in Blytheville, Paragould, and Jonesboro.

The Red Cross's Regional Communications Director Lori McFarlane said she is proud to be a part of an organization with a goal of giving back.

"I love the idea that we are out there helping everyday people all the time, you know, when there's a disaster, we're there, we're helping them with their immediate emergency needs when their house burns down, or when there's a tornado or a flood, and that to me, is the most important thing I could possibly be doing," McFarlane said.

The effort was also part of the organization's national campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires by 25% by 2020.

"We lose seven lives a day in this country due to home fires and even more injuries," the organization's Executive Director Pam Knapp-Carver said. "In many surveys, Arkansas is number one and most always in the top five of the states with the number of deaths due to fires."

Anyone who would like to volunteer with the American Red Cross can check out its website.

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