A Message from Fire Cheif Shannon Draper
The annual Fill the Boot campaign is back for another three-day cash collection period wherein all of the money donated will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Continuing a Red Wing tradition, dedicated fire fighters from all ranks of the department will hit the streets with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA on August 15-17, 2017.
Our firefighters are ready to collect funds for this very worthy cause. As usual, we expect to find that Red Wing residents will be very generous. Perhaps one day, with the help of these donations, a cure will be found and we won’t be out there, but right now, the need for research funding remains high.
Fill the Boot days fall on August 15 through August 17 this year, and during the daylight hours of those days, firefighters will be at various intersections around town seeking donations. Motorists will only be approached when they are completely stopped.
Funds collected helps members of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2078 provide funds for medical treatment and support services for individuals and their families living with neuromuscular diseases.
Contributions also help fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at University of Minnesota, Fairview Maple Grove and Gillette Lifetime in the Twin Cities. They also help send nearly 200 children from the Minnesota/Dakotas district to “the best week of the year” at MDA Summer Camp – at Camp Courage - at no cost to their families.
We’re pleased to volunteer our time and energy to such a worthy cause. Fill the Boot is also a great reminder to residents that we are always around, ready to assist in any way possible.
Shannon Draper, Chief