Boot drive raises $25,000 for MDA

Local firefighters raised nearly $25,000 in last month’s Fill the Boot fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

About 250 firefighters from the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department hit the streets to collect donations from March 29-31. With the help of local motorists and shoppers, the firefighters raised a total of $24,763, according to Laura Reid, the fundraising coordinator for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Columbia, which serves Augusta.

The money stays locally, and supports programs of the MDA, including a local clinic and camp for children with neuromuscular diseases. Proceeds also support flu shots, the purchase and repair of wheelchairs and hospital beds, physical, occupational and recreational therapy, and research into treatments for the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases covered by the MDA, Reid said.

In 2011, firefighters raised $19,000 for the association, which serves 700 families in Augusta and the surrounding community.

Augusta firefighters begin annual MDA fundraiser