By Cathy Nguyen, American Red Cross volunteer

A large group gathered in the auditorium of Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in May Capture1with tools in hand, ready to save lives.  Although most couldn’t remember the official name of the Sound the Alarm campaign, they all know the importance of smoke alarms.  So with tools and smoke alarms in tow, they began canvassing the streets Sunnyside community in Houston, knocking on doors and explaining their purpose.

CaptureJoe Collins was the first to open her door and couldn’t stop thanking the team for stopping by to check on her.  “The houses are too old and we’re older and don’t think about the smoke alarms. As a senior with a disability it’s a blessing and joy to have ya’ll here to help the community,” she said.  Not only did the team install a smoke alarm, but they also discussed a strategy for Ms. Collins in the event her home catches fire and she needs to evacuate.

The Texas Gulf Coast Region surpassed its FY18 smoke alarm installation goal with a final number of more than 1,400.