To the Editor:
For the 3rd year in a row, the American Red Cross in partnership with the Huron Fire Department and Dakota Provisions installed 247 smoke alarms in 103 homes on May 6, as part of Red Cross’s Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. This is an amazing effort to reduce death and injury from home fires. Thank you to the 35 volunteers who installed alarms and educated residents, and those who prepared sandwiches and cruised the neighborhoods nourishing the workers. It’s an incredible feat.
Dakota Provisions, Coborn’s, Subway, and the Donut Shoppe donated supplies to feed the group and the Park and Recreation Department offered the use of the Winter Park Gazebo for our Command Center. We couldn’t do it without their support. We would also like to thank the Center for Independence, HYLC and all the walkers who canvassed the neighborhood the week before. And let’s not forget, we Live United… so thank you Heartland United Way for your continued support of our efforts to make a difference.
There are rarely enough words to adequately thank those who give their time and money to this campaign. But please know your contributions matter. Two-hundred and fifteen lives have been saved across the country as a direct result of this campaign, the first one was 72-year-old Gene Walsh in Sioux Falls.
We will canvass another neighborhood next year, but if you need assistance installing smoke alarms you can register on-line at www.getasmokealarm.org, or call the Huron Fire Department at 353-8520.We will provide the smoke alarms at no charge.
Charlotte Henley, Janice Farrar, Irene Wayley, Mason Minske, Huron Red Cross volunteers, Chief John Coughlin, Howard Alter and the Huron Fire Department.