Sprinkler Fitters 268 donates $15,000 to Children’s Burn Camp

SPRINKLER FITTERS LOCAL 268 recently presented a donation of $15,000 to the Burns Recovered organization to help support the Midwest Children’s Burn Camp this summer. From left, Local 268 Business Agent Joe Besmer, Financial Secretary-Treasurer Jason Olliges, Executive Director of Burns Recovered Brian Mueller and Local 268 Business Manager Bob Stuart.

Despite cancellation of the union’s annual golf tournament fundraise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sprinkler Fitters Local 268 came through again this year with a $15,000 donation to the Midwest Children’s Burn Camp.

“We have been able to support the Midwest Children’s Burn Camp because of our members’ steadfast commitment to supporting the needs of burn survivors,” said Local 268 Business Manager Bob Stuart.

Local 268 Business Agent Joe Besmer said, “In years past we would hold a golf tournament in partnership with the National Fire Sprinkler Association to raise money for the organization. We were unable to have the tournament this year due to COVID-19, so we made this year’s donation from Local 268’s charitable fund.”

Brian Mueller, executive director of Burns Recovered, said the funds will help as the organization makes preparations for this summer’s Children’s Burn Camp,  all the new precautions that will be taken to keep campers and counselors during the pandemic.

The Midwest Children’s Burn Camp is open to children ages six to 17 who have experienced burn and smoke inhalation injuries at no charge thanks to generous community support. Free transportation to camp is provided from St. Louis, Columbia, Springfield and Kansas City. Attendance at camp is subject to medical approval.

Since all campers at this unique camp are survivors of burns, everyone has scars. The camp helps attendees learn they are not defined by their “wrapping paper,” placing emphasis on the beautiful person each camper is on the inside, not their scars on the outside.


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