VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The Valdosta Fire Department has continued collecting cans for years to benefit those affected by fire through the Georgia Burn Foundation.
After years of collecting cans at the fire station, the can collection trailer has a new home.
The Valdosta Fire Department has been collecting cans for the Georgia Burn Foundation for more than a decade.
Now the fire department is moving their can collection near the corner of Woodrow Wilson Drive and Ashley Street.
“We didn’t feel like it was visible enough or didn’t get a lot of support, so we wanted to move to a location that was more visible because this is not a Valdosta Fire Department fundraiser. This is a Valdosta-Lowndes County fundraiser," said Fire Chief Freddie Broome.
Broome said it’s all a part of the foundation’s REACH (Recycling Every Aluminum Can Helps) program, who recycle the cans to raise money.
Since 1982, the group has kept more than four million cans out of landfills and raise more than $2.2 million doing it.
The trailer may look a little on the empty side but that’s because they’ve had so much luck with this program. They just emptied it last week because it was so full of cans.
All you have to do to contribute is make sure that you drink your favorite soft drink, save the can, bring it to the trailer, and toss it in.
“Anything we can do to help raise funds for a foundation that’s going to promote educating fire life safety, that’s going to help burn survivors. We want to be a part of that," said Broome.
The group uses the money raised from the can recycling to fund their mission.
“To promote fire prevention and education to the community…they use money for that. They also use money to support medical facilities that provide burn treatment and they also have programs to help burn survivors as well," said Broome.
Chief Broome said there is no end in sight to their support for the program.
“As long as we’re in the business that we’re in, we’re going to always support any other resources that can provide resources to burn victims, to the fire service, that’s what we’re about. We’re about supporting our profession and this is another resource that helps support and make differences in our profession," said Broome.
The fire department encourages members of the community to drop off their cans at any time.