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American Red Cross and HOPE worldwide Partner for MLK Day of Service
Date:1/14/2010

Volunteers to honor Dr. King's memory by providing fire safety information to thousands

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Red Cross and HOPE worldwide volunteers, armed with fire safety tips, will canvass neighborhoods in more than 40 cities across the country for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, which occurs this year on January 18—the day Dr. King's birthday is commemorated.

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During the holiday weekend conversations with residents, and bilingual printed materials, will educate people on ways to prevent home fires and protect themselves should they experience a fire. The initiative takes place in the dead of winter, the time of year when the most home fires occur.

"Home fires can frequently be prevented," said Scott Conner, senior vice president of American Red Cross Preparedness and Health and Safety Services. "We are encouraging people to think about fire safety as they cook and heat their homes. The American Red Cross appreciates the work of HOPE worldwide volunteers who make it possible to reach thousands of people with our fire safety messaging."

This is the third year Red Cross chapters and HOPE worldwide offices have recognized the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service by partnering to distribute fire safety information in neighborhoods most vulnerable to home fires.

"Individuals, families and entire congregations are getting ready to go into their communities to spread the w
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