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Local Firefighters To Fill The Boot For Muscular Dystrophy

POST FALLS, IDAHO, Aug. 11, 2010 – Teams of local firefighters will fan out across the county on Saturday, Aug. 14  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with boots in hand, as they kick off their 5th annual Fill-the-Boot fundraising campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). 

Firefighters will be stationed at three different intersections: Cecil & Mullan, Government Way & Hanley, and Seltice & Spokane Street; asking motorists to drop donations into their boots. In 2009, Kootenai County Fire Rescue raised an outstanding $20,175 through Fill-the-Boot.

Proceeds raised during the street-side campaign will help support MDA services and research programs, including MDA Summer Camp, support groups, and local clinics. 

Fill-the-Boot is a 56-year tradition that began as the brainchild of two Boston firefighters in 1954.  Butch Snyder and Jim Gigsby, along with fellow Boston firefighters, wanted to help "Jerry's Kids," so they grabbed their boots and headed out into the community with the hope that people would fill those boots with donations.  Little did they know that they would be initiating a long-time partnership between the firefighter community and MDA.  Since that humble beginning, firefighters' boots across the country have overflowed with donations, totaling more than $400 million!

MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat muscular dystrophy and related diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive health and community services, and far reaching professional and public health education. The Association's programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors.

For further information about Fill-the-Boot or other MDA programs, please contact Darcey Allen at (509) 325- 3747 or dallen@mdausa.org.

 


 

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