Heroes step forward to help families affected by home fires

On Thursday, March 28, more than half a dozen people pledged to help a family after a home fire. The Red Cross hosted a Heroes event, sharing the need for our community to give to families through Red Cross programs and services.

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retha Pinkney, who lost her son and all her belongings in a fire, spoke at the event.

Margretha Pinkney, who lost her son and all her belongings in a fire, spoke at the event.

“It’s because of the Red Cross that I was able to start putting the pieces of my life together again,” Margretha shared with the audience.

Red Cross board member Robert Wiseman (left) poses with Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Howard, owner of Autobell, which is the SuperHero of the Heroes campaign.

Charlotte Fire Department Chief John Hannan briefly spoke about how the Red Cross and fire department work together during emergencies.

At the end of the evening, WBTV Anchor Jamie Boll, who emceed the event, asked audience members to step forward to be a hero by pledging $1,000, or by contributing to the campaign in any way they can.

He recognized Chuck Howard, from Autobell, which is the “Superhero” for the campaign, having pledged $15,000 toward Red Cross emergency services.

By the end of the evening, more than $8,000 was donated, which will help eight families start the road to recovery after a home fire.

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