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Support for the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance
By: Steve Iovinelli, Fire Service Director for Restore Construction
My first exposure to the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance “Camp I Am Me” burn camp was the
weekend “Fill The Boot” drives The Franklin Park Fire Department did every year. We would
stand out at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Mannheim Road and collect money by filling
the boot that each of us carried. A check for the total amount collected was then brought to camp
on a certain day and presented to the Safety Alliance along with checks from other organizations
who also raised money for Camp.
A few years ago after retiring, I had a chance to spend a day at Camp and see what Camp I Am
Me is all about. It is a place where kids who have been exposed to and traumatized by burns can
go and spend a week with other kids who have had the same experience. Their parents drop them
off on a Sunday afternoon and pick them up the following Saturday morning. During that week
the kids stay in cabins, swim, ride horses, have cardboard boat races, and just spend the week not
be judged by how the look or the injuries they have sustained. It is one week out of the year
where they all can be who they want to be. The experience is so great that some who turn 18
eventually come back as camp counselors.
Unfortunately, the Pandemic has affected all of us and has changed the way we live and work.
The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance relies on fund raising to carry out the programs that are so
educational including Camp I Am Me. The K’s for Camp is a way we all can get involved and
help the IFSA continue to educate others about Fire Safety and Prevention. Restore Construction
has also gotten involved with the IFSA by sponsoring the Road to Recovery Running Series.
This year is the 30th anniversary of Camp I Am Me so please help out by going to the Charity
Footprints and K’s for Camp link on the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance website (IFSA.org).
Find out more about Illinois Fire Safety Alliance website (IFSA.org)
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