Diners at Texas Roadhouse May 22 might have been surprised to find a Fishers firefighter serving up their steak and potatoes.
The Fishers Fire Department joined forces with Texas Roadhouse to raise money for Hoosier Burn Camp, where young burn victims get the opportunity to “be just one of the kids.” The camp offers an unforgettable summer camp experience to children ages 8 to 18 who have been hospitalized with injuries from burns.
All tips given to the firefighters that night were donated to Hoosier Burn Camp, and the firefighters are hoping more people will decide to send in donation forms they dished out alongside the dinner platters.
Children who visited Roadhouse that night were thrilled to explore a fire engine in the parking lot. Fire Inspector Don Graber said the experience brought back memories of his days as a server at Olive Garden. He was still serving and mingling with guests around 8 p.m. while the other firefighters enjoyed a hearty dinner.
Hoosier Burn Camp hosted 70 adolescent burn survivors last year for a week of outdoor activities and building friendships. Campers spend the week doing traditional camp activities such as fishing, canoeing, archery, rock-climbing and more.
“All of our activities complement fun and the opportunity to grow and foster self-esteem,” said Mark Koopman, Executive Director for Hoosier Burn Camp.
The Fishers Fire Department has supported Hoosier Burn Camp since its beginning in 1998, both financially and with personnel, said Fishers Fire Chief Brian D. Lott. It takes about $1,000 to cover the costs for one kid to go to camp. A donation of $100 will cover the cost of meals for one camper; $500 will cover meals and lodging, along with some programming.
Fire Inspector Don Graber answers questions about the fire truck’s hoses during Tip a Firefighter night. Timmy and Kristina Mathioudakis (pictured above) were among children who climbed aboard the fire engine in the parking lot of Texas Roadhouse.
To make a donation or to learn more about Hoosier Burn Camp, visit www.hoosierburncamp.org or call 800-254-2878.