Local church hosts ‘Sound the Alarm’ event with Red Cross, North Texas Food Bank

ROWLETT, TX (April 18, 2022) —A community event to support Rockwall County families will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 8201 Garner Road in Rowlett. This event is a collaboration between the Red Cross, the North Texas Food Bank, and the Rowlett Fire Department. The church is providing the space and several volunteers.

The event will be part of the multi-day “Sound the Alarm!” campaign of the Red Cross. The campaign seeks to educate families on fire safety techniques. The Red Cross promotes a three-step process: 1) Create an escape plan; 2) Practice your 2-minute drill; and 3) Test smoke alarms.

“Home fires are the nation’s most frequent disaster,” said Doyle Rader, spokesperson for the American Red Cross. “That’s why the American Red cross started the Sound the Alarm campaign in 2014 to help save lives by installing free smoke alarms and help families create escape plans. While we’re doing our part in Rockwall, volunteers across the country will be out doing the same thing in over 50 cities this May. This critical work is made possible with our partners, who have helped make over 975,000 households safer in at-risk communities.”

The Rowlett Fire Department is stepping in to ensure that Rowlett homes have working smoke alarms. People may sign up at the event or ahead of time to receive a free test of their smoke alarms in their homes.

The North Texas Food Bank is partnering with the Red Cross at this event to distribute food. The NTFB partners with over 200 agencies in 13 Texas counties to help feed the hungry. In the past year, the NTFB has provided over 125 million meals, a 28% increase over the previous year. Food is distributed through various means including direct delivery, mobile food pantries, and events with other charitable organizations.

“The commitment that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has shown to ensuring that no one in our community goes hungry through its ongoing support of the North Texas Food Bank has never been more important,” said Trisha Cunningham, North Texas Food Bank President and CEO. “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ support and dedication to lifting up those in need is a bright spot in our enduring fight against hunger, and we are so grateful for their partnership.”

All are invited to this event to learn about fire safety and receive food if needed (there are no eligibility requirements). You can sign up here to register in advance for a smoke alarm inspection in your home. See the American Red Cross website for volunteer opportunities at this event. The health and safety of Rockwall County families is in good hands.

Submitted press release, edited for publication in Blue Ribbon News. 

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