The Minot Fire Department is holding its annual "Fill-the-Boot" campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The "Fill-the-Boot" campaign will run today, Wednesday and Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m. at the intersections of Fourth Avenue Northwest and 16th Street; Third Street Southeast and Burdick Expressway; and 20th Avenue Southwest and 16th Street.
Members of the Minot Fire Department will be at the three intersections with their boots asking people in their vehicles to fill the boots with money. The money raised will help local individuals and families affected by muscular dystrophy-related diseases through clinics, support groups, research, and sending children to MDA summer camp at Camp Courage in Maple Lake, Minn. Marijo Peterson, executive director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association in North Dakota, said there are 11 people in Minot and about 300 people in North Dakota who have muscular dystrophy-related diseases.
Minot firefighter and “Fill-the-Boot” coordinator Dan Fuller, stands next to the boot that will hopefully be full of donations in their campaign to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The campaign is an annual event and runs from June 19, 20, and 21 between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at three intersections in Minot.
The Minot Fire Department has been a long-time supporter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association through its "Fill-the-Boot" campaign, but was unable to put on the campaign last year due to the flood.
"We were a little busy last year, but we are ready to get back out there and help support this great cause," said Dan Fuller, Minot firefighter and "Fill-the-Boot" coordinator, in a news release.
The goal for the Minot Fire Department this year is to raise $20,000. Minot has consistently raised $20,000, Peterson said, and is one of the top fundraisers in the state.
"The people of Minot have gone through a lot and the fact that the community still has the capacity to support causes like the Muscular Dystrophy Association is nothing less than amazing," said Peterson. "This really shows the resilience of the Minot community, its mayor and their fire department."