Paulding County Fire & Rescue collected $15,555 in donations from area shoppers during its 2019 “Give Burns the Boot” fundraiser for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.

Statewide, more than 100 fire departments participated in this year’s Boot Drive, which was in its 29th year. Every penny dropped in the boots is counted and delivered to the Burn Foundation.

Each year in May, the foundation facilitates a statewide fundraising effort known as Give Burns the Boot. Firefighters collected donations from shoppers May 4, 11 and 18 at Dollar General, Ingles, Kroger and Wal-Mart stores in the area.

The funds are used to support the burn care community with fire safety and prevention educational materials, to help medical facilities who treat burn patients, and to assist burn survivors during their recovery.

The foundation also operates a weeklong summer camp for burn-injured children called “Camp Oo-U-La” where children 7 to 17 years old who sustained serious burn injuries are given a unique opportunity to grow in their physical and emotional recovery.

Camp Oo-U-La is free to every child thanks to generous donations and contributions made during the Boot Drive each year.

A group of DeKalb County firefighters founded the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation in 1982.

Over the last 37 years the foundation 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 foundation’s efforts. Since that time, firefighters have continued their support by collecting more than $14.5 million.

GFBF is a nonprofit, making donations eligible for tax deduction.

For free fire safety and burn prevention information, contact the Georgia

Firefighters Burn Foundation at 404-320-6223 or visit its web site at www.gfbf.org.

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