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Twenty-one local Adventist Community Services (ACS) volunteers from Prince Frederick (Md.) church partnered with the American Red Cross on January 20 for the “Sound the Alarm” project, visiting 200 local residents teaching basic fire safety, supplying new free smoke detectors and offering prayer for each household.
Sharon, a local community member who has lived in her current home for 41 years, expressed gratitude for the outreach effort. “Thank you for coming and checking my smoke detector for me. No one has ever done that.” Another community member remarked, “How is it possible that you love us so much that you would come to help us in this cold?”
“We need to be serving our community in a variety of ways and it’s important to always be friendly neighbors,” says Tom Boggess, pastor of Prince Frederick church. “The members enjoyed the moment and want to continue doing this kind of event.”
The “Sound the Alarm” partnership spans the whole of Maryland and Delaware, providing more churches with an opportunity to participate. Eight additional churches have expressed interest in joining in this initiative, says Ignacio Goya, director of Adventist Community Services for the Chesapeake Conference.
“We as a church should be the first to help meet the needs of the neighborhood,” says Goya. “This is a way to open a channel to build a relationship so we can later call our community members to follow Jesus.”