Firefighters 'Fill The Boot' To Raise Money

- WINCHESTER, Va - The Winchester Fire Department, and other Winchester volunteer fire departments, asked residents to 'fill their boots' with donations Saturday, to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

The "Fill The Boot" campaign is an annual drive by the Winchester Fire Department (WFD), to raise money and awareness for the MDA. The "Fill The Boot" drive can be found at the intersection of South Pleasant Valley Road and Jubal Early Drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until September 1.

According to the MDA's website, they are a nonprofit agency dedicated to research treatments and cures for anyone with a muscle disease.

President of the WFD, David Kushnir, said it's something the International Association of Firefighters does annually and happily.

"We collect and give the money to the MDA, and then that money comes back locally," Kushnir said.

Another firefighter, Rick Burton, said it's all about the kids and helping fund for research.

"This is raised for the children with Muscular Dystrophy" Burton said. "It raises money for wheelchairs, medicines, things like that."

Burton said the WFD has been raising money for the MDA for more than a decade, and hopes this year they can raise even more money than last.

Last year the WFD raised more than $20,000. Burton said the department raised at least $9,000 on Saturday.

Money raised from the holiday weekend will also be sent to children with muscular dystrophy diseases to attend the Leonardtown, Maryland MDA camp for a week.

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