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Burn Foundation, fire stations work together to raise money

Members of the Southeastern Firefighters' Burn Foundation visited McDuffie County Fire Station Two Thursday morning to make a delivery that will keep on giving.

The Burn Foundation set up a trailer for people to donate aluminum cans. Proceeds from the donated cans will fund the foundation's efforts to help those suffering from burns, as well as their families.

According to Jack Grant of the Southeastern Firefighters' Burn Foundation, 1,200 people are housed each year free of charge while tending to family members at the Burn Center in Augusta. He added that the foundation served 15,000 meals to people in the Burn Center's waiting room as well.

"I feel like the people that got burned are part of us," said Mr. Grant, who is a former firefighter and policeman.

According to McDuffie County Fire Chief Bruce Tanner, the Thomson Fire Department already collects cans for the foundation. He said local residents now have two new places to donate cans: the county station at the airport as well as the one on Harrison Road.

Mr. Grant said smaller collection boxes will also be placed at Augusta Tech's Thomson campus. For each pound of cans collected, the foundation receives about 60 cents.

Web posted on Thursday, February 08, 2007

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