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Gainesville firefighters seek ‘Give Burns the Boot’ donations

The Gainesville Fire Department’s firefighters will be holding their “Give Burns the Boot” drive Thursday through Sunday.

The firefighters will be at several storefronts around town. Donations may also be dropped off at fire department headquarters at 725 Pine St. in Gainesville. In addition to individuals, the fire department encourages businesses and organizations to support the drive.

Proceeds benefit the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation “to educate the public in burn awareness and prevention, support medical facilities in the care of burns in Georgia, and assist burn survivors in their recovery.” 

The money raised will also go 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 70 campers. The campers experience an entire week where they get to feel like kids again, regardless of their physical features. The cost for both the campers and volunteers is covered entirely by the GFBF.

Ten percent of our department’s total dollar amount raised is returned to the department for fire safety and burn education efforts. 

For more information, contact Division Chief Keith Smith at 770-534-3612 or 

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