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Ohio fire dept. presents over $8K ‘Fill the Boot’ check

The Zanesville Fire Department raised more than $8,000 for MDA by standing outside of Wal-Mart filling boots with money

By FireRescue1 Staff

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — Firefighters took a break from battling blazes to deliver a check to Muscular Dystrophy Association for the money they earned with “Fill the Boot.”

Whiz News reported that the Zanesville Fire Department gave the check for the money they raised while standing outside of Wal-Mart to MDA Columbus Fundraising Coordinator Carl Allen.

“So we are here because our Zanesville Fire Department helped us raise more than $8,000 with Fill the Boot,” Allen said.

The fire department managed to raise almost $2,000 more than they did last year. Firefighter Chad Brock, who leads the ZFD “Fill the Boot” effort, said the increase in fundraising is due to the community’s commitment and more volunteers.

“We had a few more volunteers this year which really helped,” Brock said. “We were able to stage them in a couple of different entrances there at Wal-Mart. I think that helped, and just the generosity of the community. We did $6,100 last year and this year we were able to do $8,560.39.”

The money will benefit research and programs for MD, including MDA’s annual summer camp.