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Aluminum Cans for Burned Children (ACBC)

Aluminum Cans for Burned Children (ACBC)

Services to help prevent children from being burned and to help burned children recover are funded through aluminum can recycling proceeds and through contributions from generous groups of individuals. ACBC is coordinated by the Foundation. The drop-off sites are located in Allegheny, Armstrong, Washington and Westmoreland Counties. For more information, contact the Foundation at 412.578.4427.

ACBC sends children to camp

Since 1987, ACBC has funded an annual five-day summer camp for children who have been patients at West Penn's Burn Center. Summer Camp for Burned Children provides campers with the opportunity to interact with other young people who have had the experience of being burned and who know the resulting physical and emotional trauma.

ACBC helps children return to school

Returning to school can be difficult for a child who has been burned. The physical and emotional scars from burns create insecurities about one’s self-image and acceptance by others, especially one’s peers. Teachers and classmates may not understand what the child has been through, why his or her appearance is altered, or why he or she needs to wear pressure garments. The result can be fear, overprotection, teasing or avoidance. In the Back-To-School Program, age-appropriate materials and activities are used to share the child’s story, explore feelings and concerns and build support for the child among his or her peers.

ACBC helps children get well

Physical therapy is often needed after a burn injury — but it can be painful, and children with burns sometimes have trouble doing prescribed exercises. ACBC helps by providing every child with an appropriate toy to use as an exercise aid. A shiny new tricycle can make leg exercises fun, or a hand-held video game can provide distraction during painful hand exercises. Through play, therapy goals can be met.

ACBC funds burn-prevention programs

Almost half the children admitted to burn units have been injured by scalds, often in common household accidents. The Burn Center uses community outreach techniques to help educate parents and other caregivers about the danger of scald injuries and how to prevent them.

The Burn Center has enlisted a new friend to help educate children about fire safety and burn prevention. The Hospital has purchased Burnie the Burn Safety Dog, a Saint Bernard robot and his remote-controlled fire truck to help deliver a fun, effective message to children and adults alike. The Burn Center staff created a Burnie the Burn Safety Dog coloring book that features ways to stay safe from fires. Donations from area fire companies and funds from the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children recycling program were used to print coloring books and buy Burnie.