LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette Fire Department will be out in full force this weekend, but not for an emergency. Firefighters will be out in numbers armed with their boots for the 60th anniversary of the annual Fill-the-Boot campaign.
This year marks 60 years that the Lafayette Fire Department has participated in Fill-the-Boot, which benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firefighters will be collecting donations from Friday through Sunday throughout Lafayette.
MDA executive director Sarah Stackert told News 18 in a release that MDA and firefighters are celebrating a proud partnership joined together in the fight against a life-threatening muscle disease.
“Firefighters do more for MDA and the families we serve than any other group,” Stackert continued in the release. “In the Lafayette area, they spend countless hours every year participating in the Fill-the-Boot drives and at MDA Summer Camp. We’re grateful for the support of these inspiring, selfless individuals who have made a profound impact on our families’ health, well-being and quality of life.”
Funds raised from the Fill-the-Boot campaign help support MDA in research, health care services, and other day-to-day supports such as MDA camp.
Lafayette firefighters are among the Indiana Association of Fire Fighters, which is MDA’s largest sponsor. IAFF began supporting MDA in 1964 and remains strong to this day, MDA officials said.
In 1955, IAFF raise $100,000 for MDA and every year since it has grown. To date, the IAFF has raised $530 million for MDA.
If you would like to help Fill-the-Boot, Lafayette firefighters will be out Friday through Sunday at the following intersections:
- Teal Road and 18th Street
- South Street and 18th Street
- Union Street and Ninth Street
- Union Street and Creasy Lane
- McCarty Lane and Veterans Memorial Parkway
- Ninth Street and Veterans Memorial Parkway
- Greenbush Street and Elm Street