Fill the Boot fundraiser to begin Friday

Lafayette Fire Department will be hitting the streets this weekend for a special cause.

Posted: Aug. 29, 2018 5:40 PM
Updated: Aug. 29, 2018 5:42 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Lafayette Fire Department will be hitting the streets this weekend for a special cause.

Partnered with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the department is continuing its Fill the Boot fundraiser. Dating back more than 60 years, the partnership helps raise money for children and adults effected by muscular dystrophy.

Firefighters are asking for your help. They will be located at intersections outside of their stations. The fundraiser runs from Friday, the 31st, through Sunday, September 2nd.

Lafayette Fire Department Firefighter Chris Conklin's daughter has a form of muscular dystrophy. He says the community is what makes the fundraiser possible. "All the funds stay local so it helps all the families that are battling this disease on their everyday lives. So if they need power chairs or other implements to help with their children, they're able to go to the MDA and they can allocate those funds to them," said Conklin.

Conklin added that the community is what makes the fundraiser possible. "Our goal is to raise as much as the community will allow. They're the ones who donate and we're very thankful for that. We stand out as long as we can during the day and try not to interrupt their day," he said.

Firefighters will be collecting from 8 a-m to 5 p-m on each collection day. They hope to raise $40,000.

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