From staff reports – The Sanford Harold
SANFORD — Unload your old aluminum cans in the big blue recycling dumpsters in front of every county volunteer fire station, and you’ll be helping both the environment and injured children, courtesy of the Lee County Firefighters’ Burned Children Fund

“The worst burn is one that could have been prevented, and prevention costs money,” chapter president David L. Nance said in a statement. The fund helps support the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill, as well as assisting children being treated at the center and those attending their annual “Camp Celebrate,” where 7- to 15-year-old burn victims can socialize with peers who have had similar experiences.

The Lee County Firefighters’ Burned Children Fund has expanded its efforts this year, partnering with TT&E Iron and Metal of Garner, which is supplying the blue bins.The aluminum can collection is one of its main fundraisers. Local manufacturing workplaces can also contribute by allowing a
collection bin that would be emptied by TT&E to be placed onsite, Nance said. The organization continues to use its collection trailers at different locations, Nance said, and he hopes that the availability of recycling services will also aid local businesses.

“In January 2008, it became law that all businesses and bars that sell alcohol in aluminum cans must recycle their cans,” Nance said.”We hope that these recycle stations we have will help our local owners out in that manner, as they too will be supporting our cause.”

The fund was started in Charlotte by firefighters concerned about fire safety and burn prevention education of area children,The Lee County group is one of fifteen chapters of the nonprofit organization across the state, and has been in existence since 2000.

Its third “Traveling Fire Bucket,” the highest award offered by the Burn Center recognizing its efforts, sits alongside multiple plaques at Sanford’s Central Fire Station.

Contact your local fire department for more information or call
FFBCF President David Nance at (919) 776-5642 or Vice-President
Frank Layton at (919)
770-0873.