Lewiston Fire Fighters Launch Virtual Fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy Association as COVID Threatens Fill the Boot
News Release | Lewiston Firefighters IAFF Local 1773
[LEWISTON], [ID], [AUGUST] , 2020 – As the COVID pandemic affects communities across the United States, it has also impacted in-person fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). For 66 years, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) has collected critical funds in the community – one dollar at a time – as part of the Fill the Boot program. But this year, due to social distancing, that’s not possible.
This summer, the Lewiston Firefighters “Fill the Boot” will be conducted virtually at: https://filltheboot.donordrive.com/participant/5335 or by texting ‘BOOT’ to 24325
Donations collected by Lewiston Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 1773 help meet the urgent need for MDA’s Frontline COVID-19 Emergency Fund to continue services for people living in our community with neuromuscular diseases across the country.
“For over a decade, Valley Firefighters have been in the streets the last weekend in August to help collect vital donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association” says Local 1773 President Chris Jacks, “But the COVID pandemic and social distancing make that an impossibility. Virtual Fill the Boot will let our members continue to collect to help MDA meet their vital mission of finding treatment and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and other neuromuscular diseases.”
"IAFF members display an unwavering support for MDA year after year, raising critical funds and awareness to help our families get the care they need," says MDA CEO and President Lynn O'Connor Vos. "We are so thankful to IAFF and Lewiston Firefighters Local 1773 for continuing their commitment to cure neuromuscular disease and for the flexibility to go virtual through this pandemic to protect everyone on the frontlines in our communities.”
Donate at https://filltheboot.donordrive.com/participant/5335 or by texting ‘BOOT’ to 24325
About Lewiston Firefighters Local 1773 Lewiston Firefighters IAFF Local 1773 is the Union that represents the 50 firefighters, Paramedics, and Fire Inspectors in Lewiston, Idaho. The union was chartered over 50 years ago in the International Association of Firefighters the international Union that represents over 350,000 firefighters across the US and Canada.