Again this year, Englewood firefighters will be staffing four locations for the annual “Fill the Boot” campaign, collecting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Englewood firefighters will be at the King Soopers store at Floyd Avenue and Broadway, the King Soopers at Federal Boulevard and Belleview Avenue, the Englewood Walmart and the Englewood Light Rail Station on Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and Sept 2.
“The money we collect helps International Association of Firefighters Local 1736 members here provide medical treatment and support services to about 10 Englewood-area residents and their families who are dealing with some form of neuromuscular disease,” said Dan Alley, Englewood firefighter. “The money we collect goes to the local MDA to help people in our community and around Colorado.”
The International Association of Firefighters has been a fundraising partner with MDA for more than 50 years. Some of the money from the “Fill the Boot” project goes to assist many of the more than 300 MDA-supported worldwide research projects seeking cures and better treatment for those suffering from more than 40 neuromuscular diseases.
Firefighters around the metro area have supported the “Fill the Boot” project but, for several years, Englewood didn’t take part in the fundraiser. That changed four years ago.
“The first year, we collected $2,000, the next year it was about $4,000 and last year we collected $14,000,” Alley said. “Our goal this year is to collect at least $20,000 to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association.”