Give Burns The Boot Campaign Update


Like you, we have been watching with concern as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread throughout Georgia and the world.  Our thoughts and prayers are with those families directly affected by the virus, and those worrying about their health and economic security.  The Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation’s (GFBF) number one priority is the well-being of those we serve, our stakeholders, partners, volunteers and staff, which is why we’ve made the difficult, yet important decision to postpone all in-person programming and fundraising events, including the Give Burns the Boot Campaigns, scheduled to kick-off in May.

While we are extremely concerned with postponing boot drive, our largest source of revenue, we know this is the most responsible decision for the health and safety of the public at large, but as we move through uncertain times, we want to remind you of the good that remains. We want to remind you that GFBF remains dedicated to continuing as a source of hope and support to both the burn survivor and fire service communities.  COVID-19 has simply nudged us to try new and innovative ways of providing help, hope and healing beyond the burn.  As mentioned in a recent blog I read, “Conversations will not be cancelled.  Love will not be cancelled.  Hope will not be cancelled,” and that rings true for us as well.

We appreciate your continued commitment to GFBF, and understand that we must adapt to a swiftly changing environment, given both the sustainability and economic impact to our mission.  GFBF is fortunately built on a strong foundation, thanks to your longstanding committed support.  We are wisely stewarding our resources as we navigate these turbulent times and remain hopeful that better days are ahead.  Needless to say, Give Burns The Boot as we know it has been greatly affected, but not lost.  We turn our thoughts to new possibilities, such as a virtual boot drive and other creative ways to let Georgia know that we’re still here and still serving those affected by burns.

Thanks so much for your continued support!  We’re in this together and we pray that you and your families remain safe and well.


Venessa Walker
Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation
Help, hope and healing beyond the burn