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Harvard Fire Protection District hosting fundraisers to support burn victims

Funds benefit Camp I Am Me

The Harvard Fire Protection District will host two fundraisers in support of Camp I Am Me, a one-week program put on the by the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance for child burn survivors.

The first will be a “Fill the Boot” fundraiser May 3 and 4 at Route 14 and West Diggins Street. Crew members will be at the intersection from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day collecting cash donations.

The second will be the fire district’s annual Harvard Milk Days T-shirt fundraiser.

In the past, donations from this fundraiser have gone toward a number of causes, including the Fallen Firefighters Association, Autism Speaks and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, fire district crew member Bridgette Nolan said.

T-shirts will be $15, and preorders will be accepted until April 30. Crew members also will be selling them the weekend of Harvard Milk Days, which will be from May 31 to June 2.

Visit the Harvard Milk Days website for information on the annual festival.

Camp I Am Me was started in 1991 to provide a safe and nonjudgmental environment for burn survivors to share their experiences, engage in various camp activities and build their self-esteem, according to the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance website.

For information about either event, call the Harvard Fire Protection District at 815-943-6927.

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