BSTTW Rebuilding Lives Auction

By: Michael Appleman, CEO



Every year between November 15th and December 15th BSTTW has the fund raising auction named the BSTTW Rebuilding Lives Auction (BRLA). This year the BRLA is on eBay. The funds raised from the BRLA are used to help rebuild the lives of individuals who suffer a burn injury and fire safety education.

According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), the United States has a severe fire dilemma that is more so than what is generally perceived. Nationally, there are millions of fires, thousands of deaths, tens of thousands of injuries, and billions of dollars lost - which makes the U.S. fire problem one of great national importance.

In 2005 there were 1,602,000 fires in the United States. Fifty percent of those fires were outside and other fires. Over thirty-one percent were structure fires. And eighteen percent were vehicle fires. The results of those fires were 3,675 deaths and 17,925 burn injuries. To find out more about the United States National fires, deaths and injuries statistics go to or

BSTTW is an international non profit organization, we must look at the situation not only in the USA but around the world. The BSTTW Board of Directors asks you to take a moment and think about how many people from around the world die or are injured daily due to home fires. The statistics are higher than we can imagine. There are millions of fires each year in every part of the world. Some of the areas around the world do not have a burn unit, the medical staff and medical equipment needed to help a burn victim recover and become a burn survivor. It has been shown that children and the elderly are especially at risk in home fires. This is due to the fact that our children and the elderly are less able to escape a fire. We can improve the chances that our family will survive a home fire by installing smoke alarms and practicing fire safety and how to exit when the alarm sounds. With your financial and volunteer support BSTTW can continue to donate the finances, medical equipment, advocacy, support and fire safety information needed to prevent fires and rebuild the lives of the people who suffer a burn injury and their family members.

To learn more about the BRLA go to You can also donate to BSTTW by adding the organization to your eBay Charity Organization. To learn more about BSTTW on eBay for Charitiy at

If you would like to donate an item for the BRLA you can do one of two things:

   1. If you sell items on email you can register your item(s) for sale with Mission Fish and the % you are donating to BSTTW from your sale will be automatically donated to BSTTW.
   2. You can mail your item(s) to BSTTW and we will sell it on eBay. You can mail your items for the BRLA or a cash donation to:

   Burn Survivors Throughout The World, Inc.
   16193 Lone Star Ranch Drive #102
   Conroe, Texas 77302

To learn more about donating to BSTTW go to

If you have any questions you can contact BSTTW by telephone at 936-483-9014