June 20, 2018

28TH Annual “GIVE BURNS THE BOOT” Drive

(Franklin, GA) — On May 24, 25 and 26, 2018 Heard County Fire & Emergency Services will be on the square in downtown Franklin, GA collecting funds for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation’s 27th annual “Give Burns The Boot” drive.

The GFBF was founded in 1982 by a group of Dekalb County Firefighters. Over the last 34 years, the GFBF has grown to incorporate the entire state and expanded its work to include all Georgians.

In 1990, the “Give Burns The Boot” campaign was started to support the GFBF’s efforts. Since that time, firefighters have continued their support by collecting more than 14.5 million dollars.

Proceeds raised driving the “Give Burns The Boot” drive help the GFBF fulfill its mission to educate the public in burn awareness and prevention, support medical facilities in the care of buns in Georgia, and assist burn survivors in their recovery.

The Foundation fulfills the mission through several different programs including the Chesney Fallen Firefighters Memorial Grant Program, named in memory of the Gwinnett County firefighter who died in the line of duty.

The program provides funding to fire departments’ fire safety/burn prevention programs. In the last 14 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $230,000 to departments across the state.

The foundation also works closely with both the Bun Center at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta. Each center receives grant funding each year.

The funding helps these facilities acquire equipment and send personnel to conferences on burn care treatment and rehabilitation.

Money raised by Heard County Fire & Emergency Services also goes to Camp Oo-U-La, Georgia’s only camp held exclusively for burn-injured children. Last year, the camp celebrated its 24th anniversary and welcomed numberous campers.

The campers experience an entire week where they get to feel like kids again, regardless of their physical features. The cost for both campers and volunteers is covered entirely by the GFBF.

To help keep the fire fatality and burn injury rate down, the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation and Heard County Fire & Emergency Services along with Fire Chief Steve Wirth need your help.

When you see a firefighter on the square in downtown Franklin, GA on May 24-26, 2018, please donate. No matter how big or small the donation, the life you may help save, could be your very own.

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