AUSTIN, Minn. – For 60 years, firefighters all over the country have been holding out their boots, and doing their best to fill them with donations for muscular dystrophy.
Again this year, the Austin Fire Department is taking part in the “Fill Your Boot” fundraising campaign. All of the money raised goes to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) for research. The MDA also hosts a summer camp for children impacted by muscular dystrophy called, “Camp True Friends,” in Maple Lake, MN.
Austin firefighters will be collecting all over town with their boots from 3 to 7 pm. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday where you will find them at four different intersections.
Last year, the fire department raised nearly $19,000.
“It just tells you something about the city of Austin, and the people of Austin. We get great support from the city itself, the city council, so it really works out great for everybody,” said Jim Halsey with the Austin Fire Department.
He said it is a cause they love to support.
“Their eyes just light up when they see firefighters, for one thing. I haven’t been a firefighter all my life, so when I did get into firefighting, just getting out there and doing things for people, it just warms my heart. It’s great,” Halsey said.
Their fundraising goal is $24,000 this year. Halsey said that is about $1 for every Austin resident.