According to the department’s public information officer, Capt. Walter Barber, Clayton County residents have, “come through again for this great cause, but there was never any doubt they wouldn’t and that has been a great incentive for us to do this.”
Barber said, in just a three-day period from June 6 through 8, Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services personnel collected approximately $82,000 as they canvassed 14 of the most heavily-travelled intersections throughout the county.
According to Barber, the campaign benefits local and national charities.
Previous “Give Burns the Boot” campaigns have collected donations that helped benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Rainbow House, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Clayton County’s Explorer Program and the, “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren” program of Clayton County Senior Services as well as the Georgia Burn Foundation.
Jeff Hood, chief of Clayton County’s Fire & Emergency Services Department, said that in addition to donating to national and state organizations through the “Give Burns the Boot” drive, his department has also identified organizations in the Clayton County community which are continuously developing programs to benefit citizens.
“We believe that, in supporting local causes, we are carrying out our motto here in Clayton County, which is ‘Let’s Go Make a Difference,’” he said.
Although the firefighters arrived at specific intersections for the boot drive beginning at 8 a.m. and remaining until 4:30 p.m., Barber said they were still on duty and subject to respond to an emergency at anytime during their shift.
“We look at this drive as one of the ways we give back to the community,” Barber said.
“The guys really enjoy taking part in the boot drive because not only are they collecting for a good cause, but they get to meet many Clayton residents as they go from car to car,” he said.
Barber added that the Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services Department is among the top 10 of Georgia-based fire departments raising funds for the Georgia Burn Foundation.
The foundation’s goal is to help prevent burns and to aid Georgia burn survivors in their journey to recovery, he added.
“Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services is grateful for the support Clayton County citizens give to this boot drive event,” he said.