January 21, 2019-
My act of service, on this national act of service day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, was to join a determined little family, on a Red Cross project. Sound The Alarm is a nationwide project to ensure that all homes in the United States have access to working smoke detectors, installed free of charge, by Red Cross volunteers or team members from partner agencies, such as a local Fire Department. I have been working with this family, for well over a year, to get this program off the ground in western Yavapai County.
Today, after manning a table for a few hours, outside a closed Boys and Girls Club, in Prescott Valley, we had generated a list of ten clients. One of them asked that his alarms be installed today, so after the tabling activity was finished, we went to his home and installed two alarms. This activity was a significant jump start, to a rather lengthy process.
I was born under the fire sign. Corrective action, the fulfillment of promises and facing even severe challenges, without backing down, have been constant, in my adult life. When I was challenged, last Fall, as to whether that was still the case, I had to recommit to it, though on my own terms, not those that were being dictated to me.
The fire is still here, and I will stand up and work through whatever challenges come, in the remaining future.