Firefighter Boot Drive
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.
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.
Sponsored by the San Diego-Imperial County Firefighters Advisory Council and the San Diego County Fire Chiefs’ Association, the Burn Institute’s Annual Firefighter Boot Drive is the organization’s largest 1-day fundraiser. As always, the top fire department from each region will win the Burn Institute’s highly coveted bronze Boot Drive trophy.
All the funds raised through the Boot Drive will stay in San Diego and Imperial Counties.