Fill the Boot for the Burn Institute drive coming to La Jolla

Tomorrow morning (March 12), from approximately 7 – 9 a.m., keep an eye out for local firefighters, who will take to the streets for the Burn Institute’s 14th Annual “Fill the Boot for the Burn Institute” Drive.

Those whose morning commute takes them past La Jolla Parkway at Torrey Pines Road or La Jolla Village Drive at Genesee Avenue will have the chance to offer donations of any size, from as little as the spare change in the car to whatever contribution they want to make (Burn Institute representatives say some give a $100 bill).

Proceeds benefit Burn Institute fire and burn prevention education programs and burn survivor support programs such as

Camp Beyond the Scars

for burn-injured children, age 5-17. Celebrating its 27th season, the Burn Institute’s camp program provides a safe place for hundreds of young burn survivors to share their experiences in a supportive camp environment.

Sponsored by the San Diego–Imperial County Fire Fighters Advisory Council to the Burn Institute and the San Diego County Fire Chiefs’ Association, the Burn Institute’s 14th Annual Firefighter Boot Drive is the organization’s largest one-day fundraiser. All of the funds raised through the Boot Drive will stay in San Diego County. As always, the top fire department from each region will win the Burn Institute’s bronze Boot Drive trophy.

“The Boot Drive has become one of the Institute’s most successful events,” said Scott Walker, Burn Institute Interim Executive Director. That success is directly attributed to the enthusiastic support of local firefighters, he added. ”The fire service really is the backbone of this organization. As a team we can do great things for the community.”