The last three months of 2017, Barrow County Emergency Services hosted several unique fundraisers to allow employees to help others in ways beyond their jobs.
“Our personnel are some of the most dedicated and community-oriented people you will find anywhere,” said Chief John Skinner. “This is just another way that the men and women of BCES can give back to those in need.”
In October, citizens may have seen some department personnel responding to calls in pink shirts to bring awareness to breast cancer. The money raised during this month went to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to assist in the fight against breast cancer.
For November’s fundraiser, firefighters were allowed to participate in No Shave November.
Personnel who made a donation could grow a beard for the month of November, provided it was maintained and did not affect the seal of their breathing masks.
The money raised was donated to Diane Little, the widow of the late Gary Little, who was a long time firefighter with Barrow County. Gary died earlier this year after a battle with cancer. The money raised will help Diane with some expenses from that fight.
In December, personnel were gearing up for the Christmas season by getting into the giving spirit. Firefighters who donated toys to the Barrow County Holiday Connection could keep growing beards through the month of December.
The Holiday Connection gives toys to children in Barrow County who may not have received any gifts without this help.
“The men and women of this department give of themselves to protecting the citizens of Barrow County and being there for them in their time of need,” said Chief Skinner. “The last three months we had the chance to give in different ways, and I am proud of those that stepped up to raise money for the great causes.”