Amazon Smile makes it easy to shop great holiday deals from the comfort of your own home. Did you know it can also be a quick’n’easy way to give back as well?
It’s not hard to do, but it does take an extra step to unlock the bonus features. The entire shopping experience is the same and most products available on amazon.com are available at Amazon Smile.
Visit smile.amazon.com This is the hardest part! Using this address instead of the “normal” one makes your purchases eligible.
Sign in as normal. (Don’t worry, you’re still on Amazon.)
Choose Firefighters Burn Institute as your charity of choice. Use the search field to the right of the page to look up “Firefighters Burn Institute” from the list of possible matches. (The screens may look different depending on whether you’re already signed in or not.)
Begin shopping! It’s really that simple!
It really adds up!
Once you’ve selected your charity, everything works the same as always. No extra cost is passed onto you, but Amazon donates 0.5% of your purchase to Firefighters Burn Institute! Want to see how your contribution is put to good use?
Firefighters Burn Institute receives many requests from businesses and organizations that want to hear about what we do and who we are. Some want to educate the community about fire prevention while others have Giving Campaigns that provide their employees an opportunity to donate. We send our staff and board members to these events, but the reality is that we simply don’t have enough people to answer all these requests.
How can you help?
We want to assemble and train a team of trained FFBI AMBASSADORS to represent the Firefighters Burn Institute at area events. As an Ambassador, you will receive one two-hour training session and all the equipment you’ll need. With your newly-acquired knowledge and support, anybody can fill this important role!
If this sounds like something you can get passionate about, we want to hear from you!
Save the date for the Second Annual First Responders Helles Lager Release Party at Sactown Union Brewery on Friday, July 21st! Hear personal accounts of the experience of being a Firefighter from our panel made up of local Firefighting heroes, enjoy delicious food and brews, listen to live music, and more! More information to come.
The true story of one Sacramento Firefighter’s sacrifice and his road to recovery.
Upon entering his first house fire, the entryway floor collapsed beneath the weight of firefighter Alex Galang. The fall of over seven feet sent him to his back on the dark basement floor below.
Recognizing how deadly a situation he was in, Alex knew he had to act fast. Reaching for the floor joists, he attempted to climb to safety on his own. In the struggle, he lost both gloves, while his hands, arms, head, and calves started to burn. As his life flashed before his eyes, he kept focused on one thing: getting back to his wife, Tina.
Another firefighter fell into the basement soon after. After calling a mayday out over the radio, Alex crouched down to boost his friend to safety. The pain from the burns was excruciating as I stood in that hot basement, recalls Alex.
But Alex’s ordeal didn’t end here. First, the rescue ladder lost its footing, crashing Alex to the floor yet again. Next, the unintended blast of a firehose struck him in the head. Devastated, tired, in pain, and out of breath, his oxygen mask was now filling with water.
Support crews moved quickly, as a second ladder arrived alongside shouts of encouragement. With only 90 seconds of air in his respirator left to breathe, the crew above pulled Alex free. The injured firefighter was immediately taken to UC Davis Medical Center.
Alex suffered second and third degree burns to his head, hands, arms and legs. A three-week stay in the Firefighters Burn Institute Regional Burn Center was necessary. His care program ranged from skin grafts to rehabilitative therapies and emotional care. Alex attributes his recovery to the hard work and compassion of (those) at the Burn Center, the Firefighters Burn Institute, and Sacramento City Fire Department. From the hospital stay, to the emotional support, I felt my injuries were completely taken care of. Alex notes that the encouragement of and connection with the burn community played a vital role in his recovery.
Now back to full duty as a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Sacramento Fire Department, Alex continues to push himself to grow. In many ways, he finds, my mental health recovery is far more complex than my physical burns. Managing anxiety and symptoms of my PTSD will always be a part of my life.
The community continues to help Alex learn to live with this new ‘normal.’ Recently attending the Phoenix Society’s World Burn Congress was an important step. There, he met many inspiring burn survivors, and shared his own first-hand experience to inspire others. All in all, the FFBI played a huge role in my recovery and continues to support me in my journey as a burn survivor. I am forever thankful for the FFBI!
FFBI is incredibly proud of the role we play in improving the lives of burn survivors and the community at large but…
We can’t do it alone!
There are many different ways to get involved and help the Firefighters Burn Institute!
Sponsor a fundraiser through your office
Host a boot drive in your community
Take part in a pledge challenge
Host a special event on behalf of FFBI
Make a tax-deductible gift
If you would like to help out and get more involved please contact us, we would love to hear from you!
Mark your calendars for this great opportunity to get to know burn survivors, firefighters, burn unit/ clinic staff, and families in our community! Please bring chairs or blankets. RSVP by Tuesday, September 20th. We hope to see you there!