Barbco Reaches Milestone in Collecting Cans to Support Burn Victims

Maddie Karahuta of East Canton, Ohio Elementary School takes great pride in updating the quarterly total weight of cans collected by the Barbco team. Her Father, Shaun Karahuta of the Maintenance Department, proudly poses with his daughter’s colorful drawing.

Barbco Inc., a world-class manufacturer of capital equipment for the trenchless excavation, horizontal directional drilling, and underground manufacturing industries believes in giving back to its community. The firm recently surpassed 1,000 pounds in aluminum cans collected in support of the work Aluminum Cans for Burned Children (ACBC) in Northeast Ohio. Barbco employees collect and save their aluminum cans in the four collection bins located at the company.

More than 95 fire stations throughout Northeast Ohio participate in ACBC’s can recycling program – a major source of income for our fire prevention education and childhood burn survivor programs.

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One of the special programs supported by the collected cans is Camp Phoenix, which is located in Strongsville, Ohio, at Camp Cheerful.  At Camp Phoenix, burn survivors and their families participate in a variety of recreational activities such as canoeing, horseback riding, hiking, and swimming. These activities encourage confidence, independence and create opportunities for lifelong friendships.

ACBC and local fire departments partner with area school districts and other community organizations to teach Northeast Ohio schoolchildren how to prevent fires in their homes and how to respond if one breaks out.

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This training is more than simply calling 911. Local firefighters provide important lessons on avoiding common household hazards, promoting kitchen safety and escaping a possible fire.  Students learn in a mobile simulation lab, ACBC’s Fire Safety House, which safely replicates smoke-filled home environment.

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