Local view: Show your generosity and help MDA 'fill the boot'
"Fill the Boot" time is here again. This is the time of year when firefighters from the United States and Canada hit the streets to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firefighters collecting money for the MDA is a tradition datin...
"Fill the Boot" time is here again. This is the time of year when firefighters from the United States and Canada hit the streets to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firefighters collecting money for the MDA is a tradition dating back to 1952 and, with your continued support, a tradition we would like to continue until a cure is found.
Over the past three years, the Duluth Fire Department, with support from the 148th Air National Guard Fire Department, has collected more than $130,000 for local children. Your fill-the-boot contributions stay here and help local kids pay for everything from medical equipment to MDA summer camp.
We are proud to support the MDA, but it would not be possible without the generosity and spirit of our citizens. On behalf of the Duluth Fire Local 101 MDA Committee and the 148th Duluth-based Air National Guard firefighters, I extend sincere gratitude. Every penny you give helps.
Because times are tough and money is tight, we understand if you cannot afford to give right now. But if you see us on a corner with a boot, even a smile and a wave is appreciated; call it moral support, and maybe we'll catch you next year.
This year we will be at four major intersections throughout Duluth this coming Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Those intersections are Central Entrance and Arlington Avenue, Grand Avenue and Central Avenue, 27th Avenue West and Michigan Street, and Woodland Avenue and Arrowhead Road. Please be patient with us for a few quick days and watch for our yellow vests and large boots (which hopefully will be filling quickly) as you approach.
Caleb Lofald of Hermantown is a member of the Duluth Fire Local 101 MDA Committee.