Eric Smith, Fire Chief
8 School St.
Gloucester, MA 01930
For Immediate Release
Friday, Aug. 4, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Gloucester Firefighters to Participate in “Fill the Boot” Campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association
GLOUCESTER — Chief Eric Smith is pleased to announce that the Gloucester Fire Department will be collecting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) throughout August.
Members of the Gloucester Firefighters Union will partake in the annual Fill the Boot campaign, which is part of a national donation drive where firefighters across the country take to their local streets in an effort to “fill their boots” for the MDA.
In Gloucester, firefighters will begin collecting donations on Aug. 12, setting up around 9 a.m. on Western Avenue at Middle Street.
To best ensure they reach their goal of raising more than $10,000, firefighters will be asking community members to contribute to the MDA throughout the month. Residents can expect to see them on Western Avenue on Aug. 20 and Aug. 24 as well.
“The Gloucester Fire Department has been participating in the Fill the Boot campaign for decades and every year we hope to be able to donate a little more to the Muscular Dystrophy Association,” said Firefighter Jim Hannon, the Gloucester Firefighters Union’s MDA coordinator. “I’m incredibly proud of our department for being involved and for the community of Gloucester for donating to this worthy cause each year.”
About Fill the Boot Campaign:
MDA’s spirited Fill the Boot campaign is an honored tradition in which thousands of dedicated firefighters hit the streets or storefronts asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA, using their collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger.
Fill the Boot donations benefit MDA’s shared mission to find research breakthroughs across diseases, care for kids and adults from day one, and empower families with services and support in hometowns across America.
In 2016, more than 100,000 firefighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country and raised over $24 million.