SPRINGFIELD (September 19, 2019) ─ The 2019 Fill the Boot campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) collected a record $28,445.53, the Springfield Fire Rescue Division (SFRD) announced.
Dozens of SFRD firefighters volunteered to take part in the annual charity drive from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept 4 through Friday, Sept. 6.
The campaign was extended to three days from two for the first time, said SFRD Chief Brian Miller. The expanded campaign came on the heels of a very successful fundraising effort for MDA last year.
In 2018, Springfield Professional Firefighters, IAFF Local 333 was one of the top fundraising locals in the State, and was the top fundraiser in southern Ohio, collecting $16,747.00 for MDA.
Through the MDA Fill the Boot program, more than 100,000 fire fighters hit the streets asking citizens in their community to make a donations, helping them fill their boot with contributions, according to the MDA.