Fill the Boot on May 6

By on May 6, 2011

Donations go to help child burn victims
by Sandy Kaczmarski
Elburn—The Illinois Fire Safety Alliance will hold its annual Fill the Boot program on Friday, May 6, and Elburn firefighters will be out collecting donations for a children’s burn camp.

Members of the Elburn Fire Department will be at the intersection of routes 47 and 38 between 3 and 7 p.m., collecting donations for the IFSA’s Camp “I Am Me,” which allows young burn survivors a chance to be with other kids who’ve experienced similar injuries and not feel self-conscious.

“The kids come to thrive at our camp,” Executive Director Mary Werderitch said. “They get to camp and realize everybody here is the same as them. Parents say it changes their lives.”

Burn victims ages 8 to 16 spend an entire week at the camp just having fun. A burn journal program allows kids to write about their experience when they feel comfortable.

While there are counselors available, the camp allows kids to feel comfortable about themselves in an environment where they are not stared at. Werderitch said many times after attending the camp, children have gained enough confidence that they will go to a public swimming pool.

The cost per child is $2,000, and up to 85 attend the camp. Camp “I Am Me” is in Ingleside, near Fox Lake. More information can be found at their website