Firefighters will take off their boots and use them to collect donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association starting today at several city intersections.
“Fill the Boot is a fire department tradition,” said Chief Burney Baskett in an email. “Firefighters across the country and MDA teamed up in 1954 and have had a strong relationship ever since.
“It is a great cause that helps kids. It is a perfect fit for firefighters. Kids look up to firefighters, but some of the kids dealing with (muscular dystrophy) and associated diseases have some of the greatest spirit and courage any firefighter has seen.”
Last year, the department raised about $11,000. Since 2007, it has collected more than $46,000 from residents.
“We want to exceed last year’s amount,” Baskett said. “We want to go for $12,000.”
Firefighters plan to spend most of their time accepting donations at the following intersections: South Farm-to-Market 116 and U.S. Highway 190; Constitution Drive and U.S. 190; and Avenue B and North FM 116.
“But they may move to wherever traffic is heaviest,” Baskett said.
Donations will be used for research but also go to Texas children.
“The funds raised go to support research on treatments and cures for muscular disorders, as well as provide for treatments, purchase and repair of medical equipment and to support a camp for children with muscular dystrophy disorders in Meridian,” Baskett said.