Santek Waste Services Helps Gordon County Fire/Rescue “Give Burns the Boot”


Left -Levi Higdon, Santek; Right – B/C H. Smith, GCFR

Recently, Santek Waste Services merged a portion of their company’s resources with Gordon County Fire/Rescue’s (GCFR) in order to incorporate the solid waste facility’s recycling efforts with a very beneficial cause. Levi Higdon, Regional Manager for Santek Waste Services coordinated with GCFR’s Battalion Chief Heath Smith to make a significant donation, and make plans to continue their efforts in the future.

“A recent donation from Santek of over 2,200 pounds of aluminum cans helped accelerate our fund raiser considerably,” said Chief Smith. Each year Gordon County firefighters hold their annual ‘Give Burns the Boot’ boot drive to collect money for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation (GFBF), which provides for the needs of children and adults who have been affected by burns or scalds. Smith said, “This sole efforts of Gordon County’s firefighters normally exceed $25,000 annually, but more burn victims will benefit with Santek’s contribution of cans.”

Gordon County firefighters have been collecting funds for the GFBF since 1997. The funds raised go toward providing for the care of burn patients, as well as the needs of family members who need to stay with the burn survivor. The funds also provide for a summer camp where only burn survivor children are allowed to attend. Firefighters and others volunteer as camp counselors and spend the time making sure these kids have a great camp with other burn survivors. It is a time where they can be with others who are like them, who have the same injuries. Everyone there has a survivor story, so no one feels out of place. It is just a time of fun, laughter, an all-around good time, where lifetime friends are made.

If you would like to help GCFR in their efforts, you may donate your aluminum cans for the cause. Drop-off sites are located at Gordon County Fire Headquarters/Station #1, located across from the Outlet Mall at 400 Belwood Road, and Gordon County Redbone Ridge Solid Waste Municipal Land Fill, located at 1224 Pleasant Hill Road. Look for the cage trailer with the ‘Give Burns the Boot’ slogan on the side. Simply drive up and dump your cans in the trailer; that’s it. When the trailers are full, GCFR has the full trailer towed to the collection facility; the monies collected then go to the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.

Thank you to all of Calhoun and Gordon County for your generosity throughout the previous and the coming years.

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