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South Hills Area Council, business donate $1K to aid burn victims

A day of fishing and shooting clay pigeons will benefit burn victims.

The South Hills Area Council of Governments and the local division of 1-800-BoardUp last week presented a $1,000 check to the Charles Copeland Burn Fund at UPMC Mercy, which helps under-insured and uninsured patients pay for medical expenses and supplies. The money was raised last spring during a fundraiser at the Alpine Hunting & Fishing Club in Bridgeville.

“We don’t pay the hospital bill,” said Noel Faust, UPMC Mercy Trauma and Burn Services burn coordinator, “but the money helps pay for home equipment and wound care like a walker or wheelchair.”

The funds not only go to patients recovering in the UPMC Mercy Burn Center, but also to technological advancements at the center, which sees more than 200 patients a year.

“We chose Mercy because it is the premier local-care center for burns,” said Scott Jones, president of the local franchise of 1-800-BoardUp, which specializes in boarding up houses after a fire to help prevent further property damage.

The business’ goal is to help victims rebuild their homes and work with insurance companies to eliminate out-of-pocket expenses for them, said Jones.

Locally, 1-800-BoardUp partnered with various organizations to raise nearly $30,000 within the last year.

“1-800-BoardUp teamed up with SHACOG because when we first took over the franchise we wanted to work in an area that we were familiar with, and the South Hills was that area,” said Ted Hale, the company’s director of emergency services. “Our ultimate goal is to reach out to all fire departments in Allegheny County and a portion of Washington County with the same actions and assistance as we do with the South Hills area.”

SHACOG is made up of 23 fire departments from 18 communities in the South Hills.

“The desired outcome is to assist all fire departments affiliated within the SHACOG area and their residents in both emergency and non-emergency activities,” said Hale.

Next year, 1-800-BoardUp hopes to plan a golf outing with SHACOG to benefit the burn center.


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