A boot full of money might just change a life.
As part of the 24th Annual “Give Burns the Boot” campaign, Baldwin County Fire Rescue collected $8,700 for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation (GFBF) in 2013.
The total from multiple boot drives and the GFBF golf event last October brought another perk. Baldwin County outdid Putnam County’s Fire Department in a “Bring It On” bet that challenged each firefighter outfit to raise more money for the GFBF.
Baldwin’s firefighters beat Putnam by nearly $1,800 in the good-hearted challenge. BCFR Chief Troy Reynolds showed off the trophy Thursday at North Baldwin Station No. 7.
He said he is proud of all team members contributions.
“It was a team effort for sure. We are thankful for the Milledgeville and Baldwin County citizens, who participated and contributed to this cause,” Reynolds said. “Everyone can do something. Our team came together and pulled it off.”
The GFBF supports the “Give Burns the Boot” Investment Credit Program through which more than 100 participating fire departments receive 10 percent of the funds to use for fire safety and burn prevention programs in their communities. Fire departments across the state of Georgia have generously collected more than $12 million dollars on behalf of the foundation since 1990.
GFBF helps fund educational outreach in the local fire community, as well as providing outlets for young burn victims and their families. Burn foundation summer camps are a hit. Camps are free to any Georgia resident between the ages 7 and 17 years old who sustained a burn injury that required treatment or hospitalization in a Burn Center.
This year’s GFBF golf event is scheduled for Oct. 17. Check the county fire department’s Facebook page for boot drive schedules and other updates throughout the year.