by Joey Auer, Santa Clarita Youth Corps
When we began our term on the 2014-2015 Santa Clarita Executive Board, we were told by the previous officers that one major event that we would be hosting was “Clara’s Kits.” We were very excited to hold the event and we had plenty of time to plan out the details in order to ensure it would be successful.
“Clara’s Kits” is a disaster preparedness event hosted by Red Cross youth for kids in the community, which educates children in a fun and interactive environment. It consists of a presentation on disasters, a life-size board game, a scavenger hunt, and a Sesame Street puppet show. At the end of the event, we send each child home with his/her very own emergency kit, filled with items that are vital for survival when a disaster strikes.
Our local YMCA was gracious enough to donate the use of their facilities for the day. We used money we had raised through fundraisers to purchase the items for the emergency kits and asked each of the high school clubs in the Youth Corps to donate additional items. We wanted to be certain the kids would leave the event prepared for any future disasters.
The children and volunteers alike had a blast and the parents were very appreciative of our efforts and some even learned new facts about preparedness themselves!
As Red Cross volunteers, we have chosen to serve our community to promote first aid and disaster safety. I personally loved the event and I’m glad opportunities to volunteer like this are available because of a great organization like the American Red Cross. While there is always room to improve, the event was a huge success, and it will hopefully continue to serve the residents of the LA Region for years to come.