What do you get when you mix 50 fourth, fifth, and sixth-graders with 12 hours of high energy and disaster relief preparedness? A Red Cross lock-in event!
The Murray State University Red Cross Club will be hosting a lock-in on April 20-21, starting at 7 p.m. on April 20 and ending at 7 a.m. on April 21, as an American Red Cross Youth INVOLVEment Strategic Investment Grant project designed to teach children how to respond to, and prevent and prepare for emergencies. “Promoting preparedness” is the ultimate goal, “and that starts with the youth,” said Tory Daughrity, executive director of the Red Cross’ Calloway County Chapter in Kentucky. “If the youth get involved, their parents will get involved.”
This lock-in event is synched to flow into Youth Safety Day, which is April 21. The Murray State University Club looks to use the event as a way to engage kids and to form youth chapters in the area. The lock-in is the first of its kind in Calloway County, but Daughrity hopes it will become a yearly event. “They’re going to go over all kinds of things,” said Daughrity. Family emergency plans, swimming safety, emergency information cards, fire safety, tornado readiness, and home safety are just a few of the anticipated activities.
Kids participating in the event will not only have fun and learn important new skills, they will also be engaged in beneficial activities designed to help local Kentucky residents, as well as children worldwide. Admission is eight dollars, which includes dinner, snacks, breakfast, swimming, ball games, activities and emergency education. Scholarships will be available for youth showing financial need. While children will be taking part in service projects like the assembly of comfort kits and Vials of Life, three dollars of their admission fee will also be donated to the Measles Initiative, a national youth campaign to reduce measles deaths globally.
Allison Noffsinger is a student at the Western Kentucky University. She is a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), and an active participant in the Power of Two program, which encourages communication students’ involvement with American Red Cross initiatives.
The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to millions; and helped U.S. service members separated from their families stay connected. Almost 4 million people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on donations of time, money, and blood to do its work.