Thursday, July 2, 2015

Red Cross at the Glory Days Festival in La Jara

Story and Photos by Missy Bueltel/American Red Cross

(L-R) Volunteers Randy Lightfoot, Michelle Stubbs
Darnai McMullen and Dodie Day at the Glory Days
Festival in La Jara.
Our San Luis Valley team hosted a display and games at the annual Glory Days Festival in La Jara, Colo. June 20, 2015. This was the first time we had set up a display at the festival. We felt it would be important to be there this year after the devastating apartment fire that occurred in La Jara April 15, 2015 and displaced 9 families.
Kids play Be Prepared, Don't Be Scared game at the
Glory Days Festival in La Jara

We had a wonderful day talking about the Red Cross, emergency preparedness and sharing information about home fire safety. Most importantly, we had more than two dozen people sign up for the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign to receive a free home fire inspection and a free smoke alarm. 

A visitor signs up for the Home FIre Preparedness
Campaign at the Glory Days Festival in La Jara

In addition, we set up a “Be Prepared Not Scared” game for children.  The kids, using pictures of important items filled a pillow case with things they would take with them in case of an evacuation.  The kids won prizes of candy and helium-filled balloons.

It was a great day, and a great opportunity to share the Red Cross story and spread the word about home fire safety.


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