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Firefighters, MDA team up to ‘Fill the Boot’

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

At least 25 Lincoln County firefighters will be stationed at area intersections this weekend collecting money for muscular dystrophy research and other diseases affecting the body’s muscle groups.
The annual “Fill the Boot” fundraiser drew in more than $12,000 in Lincoln County alone last year, Assistant Boger City Fire Chief Jason Ingle said.
According to a Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) press release issued Thursday, since the early 1950s, the organization has raised more than $300 million from “Fill the Boot” drives across the country.
The Lincoln County Firefighter’s Association is sponsoring the area campaign in connection with the Charlotte North MDA Office, located in Mooresville.
The regional office, one of five across the state, spans 10 different counties, according to mda.org.
Ingle said the local first-responder organization is looking to gather at least $15,000 from this year’s fundraiser.
Firefighters will be stationed with boots from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the intersections of N.C. 16 and N.C. 73 along with N.C. 16 and Campground Road, both in Denver.
He was unsure at time of publication if teams of firefighters would be located at any additional places throughout the county.
Proceeds will benefit individuals both on the local and national level, specifically supporting children’s summer camps and clinics, flu shots, research and medical equipment for people suffering from neuromuscular diseases, MDA officials said.
Whether donations come in the form of dollar bills or change, firefighters and fundraising officials are not picky.
Most people drop change in the boot since, often times, that is all some drivers have available when traveling in their vehicles.
For more information on the MDA or muscle diseases, visit mda.org.

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