Firefighters in Rancho Bernardo, 4S Ranch ask you fill their boots with money on Tuesday
By Elizabeth Marie Himchak
You might want to make sure to have some spare change or dollar bills on Tuesday, since local firefighters will be standing at intersections for their 13th annual boot drive.
The fundraiser that benefits the Burn Institute began as a grassroots effort that last year raised almost $210,000 for Burn Institute programs and services, officials said.
Among the fire departments sending personnel to almost 100 intersections across the county during the April 3 morning and evening commutes will be San Diego Fire-Rescue and Rancho Santa Fe fire departments.
As in years past, motorists will likely fill the boots with their spare change, along with $1, $5 or larger bills, including $100s. For those who miss firefighters, for the first time they can donate by texting a $5 donation to BURN at 20222. This option will remain open for several months.
Money raised will stay in San Diego County, going to the Burn Institute’s fire and burn prevention education programs, along with its burn survivor support programs such as Camp Beyond the Scars for youths 5 to 17 years who have sustained burn-injuries.
Local intersections included in the boot drive will be:
In 4S Ranch, Rancho Santa Fe firefighters will be accepting donations at the intersection of Camino del Norte and Dove Canyon Road.
As for San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel, they will be at several intersections throughout the City of San Diego. These will include:
• Rancho Bernardo Road and Bernardo Center Drive in Rancho Bernardo.
• Paseo Montalban and Black Mountain Road in Rancho Penasquitos.
• Camino Del Sur and Highway 56 in Torrey Highlands.
For a list of all locations, go to www.burninstitute.org.
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