Generous Motorists Help Whitfield Firefighters, Dalton Shriners Raise Nearly $23,000 With Boot Drive

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - by Mitch Talley

As we approach the season of giving, motorists passing through Whitfield County on a gloomy, rainy day spread huge rays of sunshine with their overwhelming generosity again this year for the “Whitfield Firefighters and Dalton Shriners Team Up for Kids” boot drive.

Passing motorists dropped bills and change into fire boots on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at five intersections, including Cleveland Highway and the North Bypass, Cleveland Highway and Ga. Highway 2, Airport Road and Chatsworth Highway, Highway 41 and Connector 3, and Highway 201 and Highway 41. 

The two groups praised motorists for their spirit of giving as they collected $22,972.89, quite an accomplishment in four hours’ time. 

Seventy-five percent of the money collected will go toward treating young burn victims at Shriners’ hospitals, including one in Cincinnati supported by the Dalton Shriners. 

The other 25 percent will go toward a program coordinated by the Whitfield County firefighters and other public safety agencies called “Santa in Uniform,” which will provide Christmas gifts for underprivileged children chosen by agencies in Whitfield County. 

“On behalf of the Whitfield County Fire Department and the Dalton Shriners, we would like to give a big thank you to all the passing motorists who continue to make our annual boot drive a huge success, blessing so many children in making a difference in their lives. This event has always been a team effort, and every passing motorist is part of that team,” a spokesman for the organizations said.


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