Augusta firefighters begin annual MDA fundraiser

Brake for the boot

Thursday, March 29, 2012 7:42 PM
Last updated 10:10 PM
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Local firefighters are hitting the streets to collect donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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More than 250 firefighters will volunteer their time for the annual drive, which runs through Saturday. The firefighters hope to raise $30,000.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
More than 250 firefighters will volunteer their time for the annual drive, which runs through Saturday. The firefighters hope to raise $30,000.

The annual Fill the Boot drive runs through Saturday at intersections and major roads across the city. Local firefighters hope to raise $30,000 for the organization, which operates a clinic in Augusta and offers camps to local children with neuromuscular diseases.

More than 250 local firefighters volunteer their time for the effort. They fan out at intersections across the city on their lunch breaks and between calls to collect donations in each firefighter’s rubber boots, Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department Lt. Daniel Steele said.

Motorists are accustomed to seeing firefighters collecting donations during Labor Day weekend. This year, however, the event was moved to March to take advantage of the cooler weather, said Laura Reid, the fundraising coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Columbia, which serves Augusta.

Last year, Augusta firefighters helped raise $19,000 for MDA.

“A lot of people don’t realize the money stays locally,” she said. “Just giving a dollar or spare change is so valuable.”


Look for firefighters collecting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association at these intersections across Augusta through Saturday:

• Reynolds Street at River Watch Parkway

• Walton Way at 15th Street

• Walton Way at Fourth Street

• 15th Street at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

• Highland Avenue at Wrightsboro Road

• Berckmans Road at Washington Road

• Robert C. Daniel Parkway at Wheeler Road

• Wrightsboro Road at Interstate 520 off-ramp

• Deans Bridge Road at Walmart

• Richmond Hill Road at Lumpkin Road

• Old Waynesboro Road at Brown Road

• Tobacco Road at Georgia Highway 25

• Windsor Spring Road at Tobacco Road

• Georgia Highway 88 at Mack’s Country Store

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TCB22 03/29/12 - 08:23 pm
This is dangerous. Maybe

This is dangerous. Maybe they could stand at storefronts to collect money.

TrulyWorried 03/29/12 - 11:28 pm
I have to agree with TCB - as

I have to agree with TCB - as an example, the intersection of Old Waynesboro Road and Brown Road is dangerous as it is - 4-way stop - coming up on it you are suddenly faced by firefighters standing on all four corners, cars coming from all four directions - very confusing as far as the right of way for drivers is concerned. The fire fighters mean well and are to be congratulated for their efforts but not at peak hour traffic in some of the most dangerous intersections - please!

Dudeness 03/30/12 - 09:54 am
I was wondering why traffic

I was wondering why traffic was so backed up and not moving at Wrightsboro/Highland yesterday until I got near the front. Even when the light was green, traffic was stopped because cars would not move until someone ran over there with the boot. There has to be a better way than this to take up donations. When I tried to go around a car sitting in the road, a firefighter ran across the lane that I moved into when he finished with her. Someone is going to get hurt.

madgerman 03/30/12 - 12:25 pm
My ealliest remembrance of

My ealliest remembrance of MDA fund raising was 1950 or about 61 years ago and I am sure the requests for funding began years before then. Question of the day is - have they made any progress in the last 50 = 75 years to justify the billions spent to cure or prevent this dreadful problem? The disease is dreadful to those afflicted, but just how many centurys are we going to throw money at a problem that is apparently not fixable.

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