The Jacksonville Fire Department kicks off their annual Fill the Boot Campaign on Memorial weekend for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
Funds raised will benefit individuals with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related muscle-debilitating diseases.
Continuing a 65-year tradition, Jacksonville firefighters will be stationed in front of Walmart on S. Jackson St. in Jacksonville asking passersby for donations.
We are thrilled to be working with the Jacksonville Fire Department for another year of Fill the Boot to help provide the funds needed to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility,” said Director of Development, Tiffany Bratcher.
“The dedication of these fire fighters to MDA’s mission is unwavering, spending countless hours both with Fill the Boot and MDA Summer Camp to care for the kids and adults in Jacksonville and the East Texas area. We know that their devotion to our families will make this year’s drive a success.”
According to the Fill the Boot Campaign website, the campaign started in Boston in 1952 where Firefighters raised $5,000. In 2018, firefighters raised more than $20 million across the nation.
Funding provides groundbreaking research, care centers, and summer camps for kids.