Muscular Dystrophy Association Kicks Off Fill The Boot Campaign
Starting tomorrow, the Muscular Dystrophy Association is launching for its biggest fundraiser of the year: the Fill the Boot Campaign. El Paso firefighters will be at intersections all over the Borderland with their boots on hand for your donations.
This is going to become a familiar sight all over the Borderland starting tomorrow through the 23rd of this month: firefighters holding out their boots, collecting money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
And to launch the event, the MDA held at news conference this morning at Firefighter Headquarters in East El Paso.
"What we're hoping to accomplish is, collect funds that'll assist in finding a cure for muscular dystrophy," said El Paso Fire Department Chief Otto Drodz.
A number of firefighters joined Mayor Pro-temp Emma Acosta and El Paso Electric, which has made a $5,000 donation to MDA.
NewsChannel 9's Oralia Ortega was also there for the event, to pledge our support at NewsChannel 9, a proud partner of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. NewsChannel 9 has been holding the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for more than 30 years. Through the telethon, a lot of money has been raised to help hundreds of people here in the Borderland and a lot of that money comes from the firefighters and the "Fill the Boot Campaign"
76 cents of every dollar the MDA collects goes towards research and helping its clients with a number of services. "We help repair wheelchairs, leg braces, communication devices, support-group sessions, especially for families that are going through that grieving process," said MDA Executive Director Kathleen Born.
In the past, firefighters volunteered their time, but this is the third year that on-duty firefighters will be out collecting funds. "Historically we've done "Fill the Boot" for many, many years, here in El Paso included. But with the firefighters on duty, this is the perfect opportunity to generate those extra dollars," said Born.
In total, nearly 100 shifts of firefighters will be out collecting money and they're hoping when you see them, you'll help fill the boot. "Anything that the community can do to help is a benefit. Whether it's a penny or a dollar. Anything is well received," said Chief Drodz.
Last year, the "Fill the Boot Campaign" raised $72,000. And they, of course, hope that with your support, they raise more this year.
Remember, you can always make a donation straight to the MDA office. They take checks and credit cards.
You can contact them at 915-584-6355.