The Albia Fire Department is showing its continued support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as its members kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to raise critical funds to help transform the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases.
Continuing a 65-year tradition of giving strength to the MDA community, dedicated fire fighters from Albia will hit the streets with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA on Aug. 30 from 4-7 p.m., and Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the intersection of Hwy 5 and Hwy 34 in Albia.
In 2018, Albia fire raised an outstanding $5,600 during their Fill the Boot due to the incredible generosity of the Albia community. This year they are hoping to surpass their 2018 total by reaching $6,000. You can help them reach their goal when you see them out, by dropping a donation into their boot.
“We are thrilled to be working with the Albia Fire Department for another year of Fill the Boot to help provide the funds needed to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility,” said Executive Director, Jillian Harper. “The dedication of these fire fighters to MDA’s mission is unwavering, spending countless hours both with Fill the Boot and MDA Summer Camp to care for the kids and adults in the Albia community. We know that their devotion to our families will make this year’s drive a success.” Funds raised through Albia Fill the Boot events in 2019 will help the MDA save lives and lift those up in need, by providing the MDA with vital resources to advance their mission of driving innovations in science and care for the neuromuscular community. Contributions have helped fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
They also help send more than 60 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp at Camp Courageous in Monticello – all at no cost to their families.
In addition to Fill the Boot drives, fire fighter contributions from year-round local events, help support MDA’s efforts to raise awareness and provide professional and public education about neuromuscular diseases.