Juneau filled the boot. Then another boot. Then another.
The fire department say the people of Juneau donated precisely $13,533.25 during last weekend’s “Fill the Boot” campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
That’s nearly double the amount raised last year, said Noah T. Jenkins, 37, a Capital City Fire and Rescue firefighter and president of the local chapter of the firefighters union.
Most of the donations were $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills, Jenkins said. The largest chunk of money given was from five or six people who dropped $100 bills into the fire boots, he said. Loose change accounted for $1,300 of the final figure.
About 20 firefighters and some family members participated in the event, asking for donations in the parking lots of Super Bear Supermarket in the Mendenhall Valley and Anchor Electric near Costco in the Lemon Creek area.
The money will be donated to the MDA and will stay in Alaska to help send children with muscular dystrophy to summer camp and to help pay for their special equipment and patient support groups. Muscular dystrophy is a muscle disease that affects mobility and breathing.
The event is hosted by CCFR and coordinated by the local chapter of the firefighters union, International Association of Firefighters, Local 4303. Jenkins said Juneau has participated in the nationwide campaign, which began in the 1950s in Boston, for the past several years.
Jenkins noted he mistakenly told the Empire earlier that the “Fill the Boot” campaign raised $5,000 last year when it was actually raised $8,000.
Still, he said, “Pretty big improvement.”
CCFR Chief Richard Etheridge said he didn’t know what accounted for the increase since they didn’t do additional hours. He speculated maybe it was because they focused in on those two locations, whereas last year they were more spread out, plus in the downtown area. Or maybe, he said, “Citizens were just more giving.”
Etheridge and Jenkins thanked everyone for donating, and thanked the two stores for allowing CCFR to use their parking lots.
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