The Sallisaw Fire Department has been filling the boot for more than 20 years, and even though COVID-19 has given them some obstacles, it is something they are going to overcome!
You won’t see firefighters out at the Kerr Boulevard and Ruth Street intersection this year as usual, but the department is asking folks to virtually give and help them reach and even surpass their goal this year to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Sallisaw Assistant Fire Chief Steve Padgett said Thursday that the department had a good turnout in past years for its annual campaign, but this “is kind of a weird year,” he said, and he hopes to see a lot of folks donating virtually to the important cause. “It’s a good cause and it’s important for kids,” Padgett said, adding that the department has been Filling the Boot for many years.
For 66 years, when not fighting fires, members of the International Association of Fire Fighters have been fighting another ongoing threat — muscular dystrophy, a disease that includes more than 40 neuromuscular disorders. But the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected firefighters’ efforts to Fill the Boot for MDA, while the critical need for fundraising to help find a cure and support those served by MDA remain. With traditional Fill the Boot drives on hiatus, firefighters and the MDA are counting on the public’s support through their virtual Fill the Boot campaign during these challenging times.
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Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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