Both Belton and Temple fire departments had record-breaking results for their 2014 Fill the Boot fundraisers.
In 2013, the Belton Fire Department raised about $7,000.
In 2014, the department raised about $12,000, eclipsing its $8,000 goal.
In 2014, the Temple department raised about $41,000, nearly a $4,000 increase from 2013.
Katie Mitchell, area director for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, said many people who see the firefighters standing at the different road intersections don’t even realize the departments are raising money for muscular dystrophy.
“My kid in the car is seeing a firefighter at the corner raising money and says, ‘It’s a firefighter! Give him money!’” she said, laughing.
Fire departments nationwide have raised money to fight muscular dystrophy, a degenerative disease that affects the muscles, for 60 years.
Although the Belton firefighters raised exponentially more money this year, the volunteers who work in shifts to raise the money didn’t do anything differently to boost the income.
“The residents just kept giving,” Belton Fire Chief Francisco Corona said.
The money raised will be used for muscular dystrophy research and specialized health care services, including sending local children to a weeklong MDA summer camp in Meridian.
“We are thankful to people who donated,” Corona said. “It means a lot to us and the MDA.”