As part of an effort to do mission work in their own backyard, Westminster Presbyterian Church is partnering with the Nacogdoches Fire Department and the American Red Cross to provide smoke detectors to Nacogdoches residents this week.

The initiative, called “Sound the Alarm,” will include installation of the detectors on Thursday and Saturday, church officials said.

It’s part of a three-day plan to offer help to local residents in a number of ways, beginning with a free breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the church. Other work planned for the week includes volunteer work with the Red Cross, Nacogdoches Hope and Love INC.

The work includes helping organize Love INC’s warehoue and work on a shaded structure planned for Nacogdoches HOPE.

“There is something everyone can help with and we’re encouraging all hands in,” said church elder and missions co-chair Terri Moehring.

Volunteer opportunities are open to the public.

“Projects offered require a variety of labor and skill levels and organizers are accommodating for volunteers of all ages an abilities,” according to the church.

The smoke-detector initiative is available to area residents regardless of income. Those in need are encouraged to contact the church at 936-564-0203 and leave a message with a name and phone number. Those interest in volunteering can either attend Thursday’s breakfast, or call the church for more information.

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