South Plains Red Cross chapter teaches fire preparedness

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Updated: 4/08/2013 3:32 am

When a natural disaster occurs, for some, it takes away everything they own. The local chapter of the American Red Cross and the Lubbock fire marshal's office partnered up for fire preparedness on Saturday.

The event was held at Lubbock's newest fire station number 18.

Free subs from Firehouse Subs were given out.

The event also introduced Piper the puppy, a gift that can be donated to children who have lost everything in a house fire, flood or even tornado.

Executive director Shannon Smith said the bear brings a smile to a child's face and for a brief moment allows them to forget about the tragic situation they're facing.

"No one ever thinks they'll be part of a disaster, but a disaster strikes everyone," Smith said. "It doesn't matter what kind of salary you make, what kind of income you have, where yo ulive or what yo udrive and so Piper is just really a tool to bring comfort and hope, specifically for children." 

Smith said Piper costs about $100. That includes a preloaded gift card for disaster victims to purchase new clothing or other supplies for temporary recovery.

 

If you would like to make a donation you can contact the local red cross at (806)765-8534. Or visit the Red Cross office located at 2201 19th Street.

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