Barrow County firefighters raised $9,742 during this month’s charity Boot Drive. The money collected during the event will be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Barrow County Children after the Fire program.
“This total will go a long way in helping the MDA and the Children after the Fire in their efforts of helping those in need,” said Boot Drive coordinator Lt. Ernest Weant.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is a nonprofit health agency that is dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and other related diseases. The MDA works to accomplish this goal by funding worldwide research. MDA also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education to patients and their families who suffer from these diseases. The majority of contributions to MDA come from individual donors.
Barrow County Children after the Fire is a program that began in Barrow County to assist children affected by fire or loss of a loved one to a traumatic event. The children are offered traumatic stress counseling through The Tree House and educational programs through the Barrow County Emergency Services, Barrow County Sheriff’s Office or the Winder Police Department. These services are provided to the family at no cost.
Barrow County Schools and the Barrow County Professional Firefighters Association supported Barrow County Emergency Services in the boot drive event.
“In these tough times we greatly appreciate all the support the citizens showed us,” Weant said.