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Firefighter Boot Drive
June 17, 2021
What began 20 years ago as a grassroots effort backed by the fire service, the Burn Institute’s countywide Boot Drive has become a hallmark fundraiser for the organization, raising an average $200,000+ for BI programs and services every year.
Each year, hundreds of uniformed firefighters from fire departments all over San Diego County come together for a common goal, hopping aboard their engines to meet at intersections within their communities. At those traffic lights, they collect donations in their boots during the morning and evening commutes. Each year, passing motorists help to fill those boots with their spare change – $1, $5, $20 – even $100 bills. No matter the economy or weather, San Diegans have always given generously.
This year we are expanding ways to give in order to ensure the safety of our first responders and community. Banners with QR codes will hang at participating fire stations throughout the month of June promoting the Firefighter Boot Drive. The banners and the signage used on June 17 will also include QR codes for contactless payment as a way to give.
Proceeds benefit the Burn Institute fire and burn prevention education programs, and burn survivor support programs, such as Camp Beyond the Scars for burn-injured children 8–17 years old. The Burn Institute’s unique camp program has provided a safe place for many hundreds of young burn survivors to share their experiences in a supportive camp environment.
The Burn Institute’s Annual Firefighter Boot Drive is the organization’s largest 1-day fundraiser.
All the funds raised through the Boot Drive will stay in San Diego and Imperial Counties.