Hall County Fire Services placed first in the annual Give Burns the Boot drive, benefiting the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, with more than $64,000 raised with donations from the citizens and visitors of Hall County.
The event was held on three consecutive Fridays during the month of October. This marks the second year that Hall County Fire Services has placed first in the state for donations with more than $134,000 raised in two years.
Hall County Fire Services was one of more than 100 fire departments throughout Georgia that participated in the 35th year of Give Burns The Boot. This event has raised more than $14 million statewide for the foundation over the years.
“The generosity of the citizens of Hall County will truly impact the lives of burn survivors throughout the State of Georgia,” Interim Fire Chief Mark Arnold said. “We are humbled by their support and thankful for the opportunity to assist the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation with their mission.”
The Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to partner with the fire service and burn care community to provide fire safety and prevention education, support medical facilities and assist burn survivors in their recovery. Among activities made possible by the drive’s proceeds is Camp Oo-U-La, Georgia’s only camp held exclusively for burn-injured children. The camp, paid for entirely by the GFBF, “allows campers one week a year in which they can live without society’s comments and stares, and just be kids,” according to a press release.
An incentive of 10 percent of the total collected by each department is returned to the local fire department for fire prevention and safety efforts, meaning Hall County Fire Services will receive more than $6,400 for local fire and life safety education.
Compiled by Clark Leonard