Will You Help "Fill The Boot"?

By Haley Burton

October 4, 2012 Updated Oct 4, 2012 at 6:27 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton firefighters will take their boots off Friday asking you to fill them with money.

It's the annual "Fill the Boot" campaign to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Firefighters will be at the corners of Clinton Street and Front Street with their boots so that motorists may give their dollars and change to help fire fighters in their support of MDA.

They will be at the intersection on Friday, October 5 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

MDA helps children and adults who are affected by any of the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases covered by MDA's comprehensive medical services and research programs.

"Some people wonder why we raise money for MDA. You never know who's going to be stricken with this terrible disease. The money that we raise through our fill the boot and MDA lockups and all of the other events that we do not only help with research for this disease but also services MDA provides," said Dave Holleran, President of the IAFF Local 729.

MDA has partnered with the International Association of Firefighters since the 1950's.

In 2011, "Fill the Boot" raised $27 million across North America.

"Fundraising events like "Fill the Boot" is the primary way MDA does raise money to provide local programs and services. We do not receive any money from the federal or state government," said Laura Lee Friedah, Executive Director of South Central New York MDA.

The money is also used for research and sending local children to the MDA summer camp in Rush, New York, outside of Rochester.