The City of Rolla Fire & Rescue and IAFF Local #3905 will hold their annual “Fill-the-Boot” drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association beginning Friday, Sept. 2 in front of the Rolla Wal-Mart Supercenter.
The Firefighters will be collecting donations from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, then again from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, and from noon-4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4. They will also have concession on Saturday, Sept. 3. Firefighters will be grilling brats, burgers and hotdogs as well as serving snow cones.
Residents are encouraged to have a dollar or two handy to help the firefighter’s “Fill-the-Boot for MDA. Through the firefighters and their boots, the citizens of Phelps County have stepped forward each year to fill those boots and contribute more each time. In addition to “Fill the Boot,” MDA Coin Canisters have been placed at several local businesses.
The “Fill-the-Boot” has been a tradition for firefighters across the country. In fact, firefighters continue to be the Association’s largest sponsor nationwide and MDA counts on their unwavering support to continue its research and patient care programs.
The Greater Area Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association benefits over 750 families in the Ozarks affected by one of the 43 neuromuscular diseases covered under the Association’s programs. Services include assistance with the repair of wheelchairs and braces, a free summer camp for kids age 6-17, free medical clinics at St. John’s Regional Health Center, and research being conducted at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Missouri in Columbia. All MDA’s services are provided free of charge.
Dollars raised through the Rolla firefighters’ Fill-the-Boot drive will be recognized on the MDA Labor Day Telethon, which airs on KOLR 10 from 6 p.m. to midnight, Sunday, Sept. 4.