DOWNEY - The Downey Fire Department will hold its annual "Fill the Boot" fundraiser benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Downey firefighters collected more than $19,000 for the MDA last year, enough to send 24 kids to an MDA summer camp and fund 238 minutes of research. The local MDA chapter honored the Downey Fire Department before Tuesday night's City Council meeting for going "above and beyond" in their support of MDA. "Downey is home to one of the nation's leading muscular dystrophy rehabilitation centers, Rancho Los Amigos, so it stands to reason that we support this cause in our very own backyard," Downey fire engineer Peter Browne said after the meeting. Firefighters, including on-duty members and family and friends, will be collecting donations at the intersection of Lakewood Boulevard and Firestone Boulevard, near Stonewood Center. Drivers can donate by dropping money directly into the firefighters' boots.
********** Published: September 15, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 22