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Firefighters boot drive hits the streets for families
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Dawson County firefighters will be hitting the streets this week with a boot drive to raise money for local families.

Partnering with KARE for Kids, Dawson County Emergency Services hopes to provide some Christmas cheer to several families in the area.

Often seen raising money for such causes as the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, this will be the first time emergency services has specifically partnered locally with 100 percent of collections coming directly back into the county.

"We wanted to do something for our own community - where we work and live," said Dawson County Emergency Services Capt. Jamerson Kerby, who is organizing the Dec. 1-3 drive.

"With the help of the community, KARE for Kids provided Christmas gifts to 718 children in 2010, including a warm jacket, shoes, three outfits and toys from their wish list," said KARE for Kids Board Member and Secretary Robin Smith.

Kerby hopes the drive collects enough to provide Christmas for about eight families.

Look for collection locations at local shopping centers, Ga. 400 at Dawson Forest Road and downtown Dawsonville.

To contribute directly to Dawson County Emergency Services, contact Kerby at (706) 344-3666.

For more information on sponsoring a child or family, call (706) 216-5273.