Aluminum Can Recycling
In 1986 the Northern Ohio Fire Fighters, the Northeast Ohio Fire Chief’s Association, along with MetroHealth Medical Center of Cleveland started the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children Foundation (ACBC) to help children who suffer severe burn injuries. The mission is to prevent burn injuries through fire education and to impact the physical and emotional rehabilitation of pediatric burn survivors. Another goal of ACBC is to educate young children about the dangers of fire, how to call 911 in the event of an emergency, what to do if there is a fire in their home, and other important fire safety tips.
The ACBC program pays for special medical equipment not normally covered by insurance to aid in the healing process. ACBC strives to meet the individual needs of the patients and provides rehabilitation, clothing, toys, games, computers and video equipment, and other miscellaneous items not covered by insurance. Burn survivors age 5 to 16 have enjoyed a free, four-day retreat at Camp Phoenix in Strongsville. Scholarships are also awarded annually to qualified recipients. The foundation also provides Fire Safety Houses to elementary schools and community home days promoting fire safety in the home.
With the introduction of curbside recycling there has been a noticable reduction in the amount of aluminum cans being dropped off at the Fire Station donation bin. Please take a moment and set aside those cans in a separate bag or container and take the bit of extra time, once or twice a month, to drop them off at the fire station. These aluminum cans really do a lot of good for fire safety education, and for children who are victims of severe burns. Drop them off at the brick and wood enclosure alongside the fire station driveway. You’ll see the large red sign that reads Aluminum Can Recycling.