A three-day “Fill the Boot” campaign by the Coon Rapids Fire Department raised more than $20,000 for the Muscular Dystophy Association.
Members of the fire department, both career and paid on-call, were at the intersection of Main Street and Northdale Boulevard June 23-25 asking motorists, who were stopped at the traffic signal, to drop money into the boot that each firefighter was carrying.
“The campaign was very successful, raising $20,244 in the three days,” said Fire Chief John Piper.
“This is a significant increase from the $10,800 raised in 2008.”
People were extremely generous, Piper said. There were $20 bills donated, a $50 bill and one person contributed $100 by putting in five folded $20s, he said.
On each of the three days, firefighters were at the intersection from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3:30 to 7 p.m. with anywhere from eight to 10 taking part at any one time, Piper said.
Firefighters were able to walk on the sides of the roads at the intersection as well as the concrete center medians, while on Main Street they were also able to use the inside lane of the two left-turn lanes by the county, with cones separating the two lanes, according to Piper.
Fire Capt. Tom Johnson and Firefighter Pat Metz spearheaded the MDA fundraiser for the Coon Rapids department, while an Anoka-Champlin firefighter and three members of the Andover Fire Department helped out, Piper said.
All the proceeds went to the association for whatever purpose it wants to use the money, he said.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases.
According to its website, the association funds worldwide research by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.
For more information about the association, visit mda.org and follow it at facebook.com/MDAnational and @MDAnews.