Seattle firefighters, boots in hand, are out in force in the city today, the last day of their annual Fill-the-Boot fundraising campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
Last year, the boot campaign in Seattle raised $120,000, putting the effort here in the top 50 of all fire departments nationally, according to the MDA.
Nationwide, the International Association of Fire Fighters collected nearly $28 million for MDA last year.
This is Seattle’s 16th year helping MDA. Firefighters will be fundraising at 30 intersections.
The money supports MDA’s local services and research programs, including a week long summer camp for kids, support groups and local clinics.
MDA is a volunteer health agency working to defeat more than 40 forms of muscular dystrophy, including ALS and related diseases, through research, comprehensive services and professional and public health education. The association maintains clinics for area adults and children affected by neuromuscular diseases at Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Washington Medical Center.