'Fill the Boot' raises $20K

DOWNEY - Thanks to generous contributions from the Downey community and the hustle of Downey firefighters, more than $20,000 was raised last week for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).Downey Fire Fighters Local 3473, part of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), was stationed at the intersection of Lakewood and Firestone boulevards May 2 collecting money from motorists as part of their "Fill the Boot" fundraiser. The money was donated to the Southeast Los Angeles and San Bernardino Chapter of the MDA. Firefighters also collected donations at the Downey Street Faire. The MDA is a voluntary health organization that works to provide treatment and find cures for more than 40 neuromuscular diseases. In Southern California, the MDA helps fund specialized clinics at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, and also helps people with the purchase of wheelchairs, leg braces and communication devices. The MDA also sends "Jerry's kids" to a week-long camp every year. The programs are funded almost entirely by private contributions raised through programs like "Fill the Boot."

********** Published: May 8, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 3