Bay Kiwanians, BVFD aid child burn victims
The Kiwanis Club of Bay Village and Bay Village Fire Department are going to try to raise some meaningful money for the care of burned children. And they can do it if you save your used aluminum beverage cans – the ones that usually go into your recycle bin at home. And you can start now. Aluminum cans may be dropped off at the BVFD can corral at the Fire Station, 28100 Wolf Road. The can corral is on the right-hand side, near the end of the entrance driveway (before the parking spaces).
When Jim Potter, Kiwanis Community Service Director, proposed the project to his club, he explained that the can collection point at the fire station would be turned into money going to aid burned children. The Bay Kiwanians agreed to ask their friends and neighbors to turn in aluminum cans and to join with the BVFD in promoting the effort.
“We invite the rest of Bay Village to join us,” Potter said.
The Aluminum Cans for Burned Children Foundation (ACBC) was founded in 1986 by the Northern Ohio Fire Fighters, the Northeast Fire Chief’s Association and MetroHealth Medical Center to help children who suffer severe burn injuries. The Bay Village Fire Department has been an active participant in this cause since its inception.
ACBC pays for special medical equipment not normally covered by insurance to aid in the healing process. They serve the individual needs of the patients and provide rehabilitation, clothing, toys, games, computer and video equipment and other miscellaneous items not covered by insurance. ACBC also provides other special programs designed to meet the needs of burn victims, including a therapeutic summer camp. Since 1988, burn survivors from age 5 to 16 have been able to enjoy a free, four-day retreat at Camp Phoenix.
Camp Phoenix is held twice a year at Camp Christopher in Bath. The camp experience brings together 50-60 children each year in a secure summer camp environment providing an atmosphere to promote interaction and help them master their injuries.
Last year, the BVFD collection netted 2,100 pounds of aluminum, or more than 67,000 cans.