Lincoln County firefighters surpassed their fundraising goal for the Muscular Dystrophy Association by a couple thousand dollars this year in connection with a nationwide effort earlier this month known as “Fill the Boot.”
Fire crews from Denver, Lincolnton, Boger City, North 321, Howards Creek and East Lincoln Fire Departments stationed themselves along various locations throughout the county on Aug. 4, collecting mostly loose change from drivers passing through the area for tax-free weekend.
Locations included N.C. 16, N.C. 73, county Wal-Mart stores and other grocery stores.
The fundraiser, targeted at raising money for those suffering from muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular diseases, drew in more than $12,000, according to Asst. Fire Chief Jason Ingle with Boger City Fire Department.
Firefighters set this year’s fundraising goal at $10,000, Ingle said.
The county fire agencies united to resurrect the event after a few years off and now plan to hold the fundraiser annually.
Retired Lincolnton fire engineer, Randy Hallman, whose two children have been affected by muscular dystrophy, served as local firefighters’ inspiration to re-establish the event, Ingle said.
Hallman was also stationed for a decade of his career at the Boger City Fire station.
Funds go to support services for local residents including summer camps and clinics, support groups, flu shots, research and medical equipment repair for people registered with the MDA.