Grant will also help families affected by home fires in Polk County, FL
Winter Haven, FL, Wednesday, May 11, 2016…The American Red Cross of Central Florida recently received a $5,000 grant from the State Farm Insurance. The grant will help fund the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign and support Polk County families that have suffered the loss of their home due to a fire.
The Home Fire Campaign initiative is part of the American Red Cross national campaign to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent by the year 2020.
“We are so grateful for the support of State Farm,” American Red Cross Central Florida Region Chief Executive Officer, Linda Jorge Carbone. “Every day, Red Cross volunteers step onto a family’s doorstep in the moments after they have suffered a fire to help them through one of the worst times in their life. With the support of State Farm, the Red Cross can provide for the immediate needs of Polk County families who turn to the Red Cross for assistance. In addition, State Farm’s support helps us continue to provide the community with the tools to know how to safely survive and prevent the larger tragedy you can never fully recover from: the loss of a loved one.”
As part of the Home Fire Campaign, Red Cross volunteers and partners including local fire departments go door to door in high risk neighborhoods, installing free smoke and teaching people about what they can do now to be prepared should a fire break out in their home. Plans are being made for teams of State Farm employees and agents to be a part of several upcoming Home Fire Campaign events in Polk County.
The American Red Cross responds to an average of nearly 66,000 disasters every year in the United States and the vast majority of those are home fires. The Central Florida Region responds to an average of three disasters a day.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
About State Farm®
The mission of State Farm is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto, home and individual life insurance in the United States. Its 18,000 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve more than 82 million policies and accounts – nearly 80 million auto, home, life, health and commercial policies, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 41 on the 2015 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com.
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