Firefighters across the county join forces to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The Seguin Fire Department was no different as firefighters stood in the sun on Saturday at the intersection of Court Street and King Street asking residents to help them Fill The Boot.
The fundraiser is part of a national campaign between MDA and the International Association of Firefighters.
“We are thrilled to be working with the Seguin Fire Department for another year of Fill the Boot, to help provide the funds needed to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility,” MDA Development Coordinator Brittany Ewing said. “The dedication of these fire fighters to MDA’s mission is unwavering, spending countless hours both with Fill the Boot and MDA Summer Camp to care for the kids and adults in the South Texas region. We know that their devotion to our families will make this year’s drive a success.”
The Seguin Fire Department splits its efforts between all three shifts, each attempting to collect donations between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Seguin Fire Chief Dale Skinner said the firefighters’ first go at filling the boot was successful and got them one step closer to reaching their $10,000 goal.
“We had a great kick off,” he said. “On Saturday, they collected over $3,000 in just a four-hour period. If the other two shifts can match that, then we can achieve the goal we set.”
The Seguin Fire Department has partnered with the branch in San Antonio for many years.
While the funds are used to help fund research, Skinner is proud of the fact that a bulk of the funds stay local.
mean the San Antonio area,” he said. “The money we collect goes to families locally. It is my understanding that the local office takes care of their needs first and then when they’ve met those needs, any of the money left over goes to the national organization.”
Ewing said the funds are distributed among several aspects, including giving children an opportunity to have fun.
“Contributions have helped fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at UT Health in San Antonio,” she said in a release. “They also help send more than 40 local kids to ‘the best week of the year’ at MDA summer camp at Camp Aranzazo – all at no cost to their families.”
The efforts of the firefighters are a way Skinner’s department can connect with the community, he said.
“We strive to be part of the community,” he said. “By being part of the MDA Fill The Boot, we are giving back to the community. I don’t know how many families we have in Seguin or in our area that are affected by Muscular Dystrophy, but I know that this is helping people we may interact with.”
The Seguin Fire Department will continue its efforts starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 15 and Saturday, June 22.