On Saturday December 14, nearly 300 American Red Cross youth volunteers donned elves hats, readied activity booths and prepared to greet 800+ children and their families who eagerly awaited the Red Cross Annual Children’s Safety Festival. The festival has become a signature community event that brings holiday cheer and safety and preparedness lessons to many Orange County families.
In addition to receiving a toy, children participated in a scavenger hunt – gathering preparedness and safety information and supplies from various booths hosted by local Red Cross High School clubs. Participants learned about first aid, compressions-only CPR and what to do in case of a house fire, earthquake or other emergencies. They also received items such as flashlights and masks to help them begin building an emergency kit and encourage preparedness at home. Volunteers from community partner El Fenix hosted bike safety presentations and children were entered into a drawing to win two bikes.
The event also provides an excellent opportunity for corporate partners looking to provide employees a way to give back to their community and to help spread the Red Cross mission of helping people be better prepared.
Edison International has played a vital role in supporting this event by providing volunteers and interactive activities for children to learn about electrical safety. During this year’s event, children were able to learn about electrical safety through the Edison Hazard Hamlet, an interactive demonstration portraying potential electrical hazards such as flying kites around power lines and electricity near water. The interactive booth taught children how to safely handle each situation and provided information for families to take home with them.
Connie Kama, an Edison employee was at the event because she feels it is important to give back to her community. “I have kids and grandkids of my own that are a part of this community and I think it’s important that we help our friends, family and neighbors be better prepared. I am proud that Edison aligns itself with organizations like the Red Cross and provides me the opportunity to volunteer in areas that are important to me,” said Kama, adding that she has had the opportunity to learn more about the Red Cross mission due to the volunteer work she has done through Edison. Edison International supports the Red Cross mission far beyond the Children’s Safety Festival. As founding partner of PrepareSoCal, a Red Cross campaign to create more resilient communities that are better equipped to help each other prevent, prepare for and respond to life-threatening disasters, Edison understands the importance of preparedness.
“We recognize the importance of preparing our communities for disasters and other emergencies,” said Tammy Tumbling, director of Philanthropy and Community Investment at Edison International. “We feel that training our friends and neighbors to be able to respond during times of disaster and emergencies is a shared responsibility and that is why we are proud to support the Red Cross through the PrepareSoCal partnership.”
As part of Edison’s commitment to preparedness, nearly 150 employees have been trained in emergency shelter support under the Red Cross corporate volunteer program, Ready When the Time Comes. Edison volunteers have responded to many disasters, like apartment and house fires in local communities and to larger emergencies across the country like Supertstorm Sandy.
To find out more about corporate partnership and volunteer opportunities, contact David Martinson at (714) 481-5367.