MALIBU—Malibu firefighters are asking residents for collections in their annual Fill the Boot donation drive, which is being hosted in conjunction with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and dedicated to raising funds for those suffering from muscular dystrophy.
The Fill the Boot donation drive originated in 1954 with Boston firefighters and has expanded over the past 60 years. Last year, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) donated $25.5 million to the MDA.
“When a firefighter holds out that boot in Houston, standing in 105-degree heat, or in Cleveland, raising funds in near-zero [degree] temperatures, they know that their personal commitment will benefit those with muscle disease. This level of trust made our relationship with MDA work back in 1954 — and until there is a cure, we plan to continue the partnership” said IAFF’s General President Harold A. Schaitberger in a statement.
IAFF is the MDA’s largest partner. Since 1954, firefighters—with the help of donations from local communities—have raised over $585.5 million to help people suffering from muscle-debilitating diseases.
Firefighters collecting donations can be found at local intersections throughout Malibu. Fill the Boot donations can also be placed online as well.
To learn more about the Fill the Boot donation drive, visit filltheboot.donordrive.com.