Oklahoma City firefighters hope to fill their boots for muscular dystrophy

The Fill-the-Boot campaign will start Monday in Oklahoma City. Firefighters are scheduled to collect money in boots from motorists at busy intersections through May 24.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: May 16, 2014 at 10:09 pm •  Published: May 16, 2014
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Oklahoma City firefighters will walk the streets as part of the Fill-the-Boot campaign that kicks off Monday to raise money for muscular dystrophy research and services.

Firefighters with boots in hand plan to work at busy intersections across Oklahoma City asking motorists for money Monday through Saturday, according to a news release from the fire department.

The funds collected in boots will benefit research and local services for the Oklahoma City Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, such as wheelchairs and summer camps, a spokeswoman said.

Firefighters in Oklahoma City raised more than $323,000 in the 2013 campaign.

And firefighters in other Oklahoma cities collect money at various times throughout the year, said Andrea Pope, Muscular Dystrophy Association executive director for the central and western division.

Last year, firefighters in central and western Oklahoma contributed $500,000 to the association. That is about a third of the annual $1.54 million budget, Pope said.

The money helps about 2,000 families.

“Without the firefighters we would not be able to care for the families the way we do,” Pope said. “We’re very grateful for them because they make an impact on many lives.”

She said money helps pay for a wheelchair program that helps repair and store wheelchairs. The money also funds the association’s Canyon Camp, a summer camp that starts June 29 for children ages 6 to 17 at Hinton.

Oklahoma City firefighters have participated in the Fill-the-Boot fundraising tradition for more than 50 years, firefighters said.