Hall County Fire Rescue raised $60k throughout the month of October for the Georgia Firefighter Burn Foundation (GFBF) by collecting donations from citizens and commuters of Hall County.
HCFR stations sent crews out to stand along Hall County roadways in between work calls, where members held fire boots to collect donations from passersby. All three Fire Rescue shifts dedicated one day to raising funds and had a friendly competition to see which crew could raise the most between each battalion and shift.
“The generosity of our community never ceases to amaze me,” Fire Marshal Chief Michael Vieira said. “Fire departments from across the state participate in this event, and for the last seven years, Hall County has consistently raised the most money in the state. While ten percent of the funds are kept locally to assist with fire safety and burn prevention programs, the rest of the money raised goes to GFBF to aid burn victims in treatment and recovery from their injuries, which are often life-changing for them and their families.”
Georgia Firefighter Burn Foundation has multiple programs that serve families, communities and individuals impacted by burn trauma and injuries. These programs include Summer Camp Oo-U-La, Burn Survivors Family Weekend, Belli Memorial Endowment Fund, Chesney Grant and Project R.E.A.C.H.
“It is a wonderful and important cause that I am proud our department participates in, and I am especially proud of the citizens of our community for their consistent generosity,” Chief Vieira said.
Once the final counts are collected, HCFR will announce which fire department in the state raised the most money.
HCFR thanks everyone who donated to the foundation and for the kindness shown to the men and women in uniform as they collected for the cause. The generosity of citizens is what makes the efforts of the boot drive a yearly success – thank you.