As the end of summer approaches firefighters across the nation will once again be busy filling their boots to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and “Jerry’s Kids”.
Members of the Loudoun County Fire-Rescue System and the Loudoun Career Fire Fighters Association Local 3756 are determined to help, Laura Rinehart, Loudoun Fire and Rescue Public Information Officer said. From Aug. 30 through Sept. 4, donations will be collected at various locations across Loudoun County.
MDA and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) partnered to create the Fill-the-Boot drive. For 61 years the IAFF has pledged to assist MDA until a cure was found. The drive is meant to raise money for research and to help families of individuals suffering from neuromuscular disease. The drive raises millions of dollars annually, according to the IAFF website.
“We are fully committed to this great cause, and the generosity of Loudoun County citizens truly makes this week a success each and every year,” Fire Chief W. Keith Brower, Jr. said. “Your donations are the true meaning of neighbors helping neighbors,” he added.
All funds raised by Loudoun County firefighters assist local families affected by one of the forty-three neuromuscular diseases. These donations provide families with a network of specialized clinics, financial aid for assistive equipment, support groups, informative publications and accessible summer camps for kids.