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Boot drive kicks off this week

By Kathy Jefcoats

RIVERDALE — An annual boot drive to benefit area charities will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout Clayton County, said fire officials.

Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services is among the top 10 fire departments in Georgia raising money for the Georgia Burn Foundation, said Capt. Walter Barber.

"The foundation's goal is to help prevent burns and to aid Georgia burn survivors in their journey to recover," he said.

Barber said firefighters will be posted at intersections throughout the county to collect donations.

Chief Jeff Hood said the collection drive is just one way his department makes a difference in Clayton County.

"In addition to donating to national and state organizations, we have also identified organizations in our own community continually developing programs to benefit our citizens," said Hood. "We believe that in supporting local causes, we're carrying out our motto here in Clayton County, 'Let's go make a difference.'"

Barber said he hopes drivers who see firefighters collecting money will contribute to the cause.

"Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services is appreciative and grateful for the support Clayton County citizens give to the boot drive event," he said. "If you see a firefighter this week, please give generously and help us make a difference in the community."

Previous boot drives have raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Rainbow House, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Clayton County's Explorer Program and Clayton County Senior Services Grandparents raising Grandchildren.