This Thursday, Aug. 23, will be hitting the street to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as part of the annual “Fill the Boot Campaign”.
Between 8:30am and 2pm, firefighters will be at the intersection of Ralston Avenue and Alameda de las Pulgas collecting donations for MDA. To contribute, look for a firefighter with boot in hand, roll down your car window and toss a donation into the boot.
According to a City of Belmont press release, one hundred percent of donations collected will be used by the MDA to fund services for patients and families suffering from any one of 43 neuromuscular diseases in the Bay Area. MDA provides medical clinics, support groups, summer camps, and various other services to patients and their families. The patients, if needed, are provided with wheelchairs, leg braces, breathing devices, speaking devices, and much more through MDA absolutely free of charge, thanks to generous donations made during events like “Fill the Boot”.
Since 1954, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) has raised over $200 million and is by far the largest national sponsor of MDA. the Belmont Fire Department is a top earner in the campaign.