“Filling The Boot” for Muscular Dystrophy goes virtual

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – A labor day tradition of collecting money for the MDA will look a little different this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

During the holiday weekend, firefighters around the country are seen at street corners “filling the boot” for muscular dystrophy.

This is a tradition that has been going on for 65 years.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, firefighters will be unable to do so, and it is a devastating blow to the MDA and the services they provide.

Now, firefighters are bringing the campaign right to the computer, so residents can still help raise critical funds for research and beneficial programs.

“It’s near and dear to us. I’ve said this for years, what the MDA does is similar to what we do. We try to make a situation that’s difficult better”, said President of the RI Association of Firefighters, Joe Andriole.

Fundraising is set to begin this weekend.

Rhode Island Firefighters usually make it a competition between cities and towns, so residents are asked to help their local department.

Those looking to participate in “Fill the Boot” can do so here.

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