The annual Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Fill-the Boot Drive in Scottsboro is scheduled for Labor Day weekend. Fire fighters will be at the Five Points and Parks and Broad intersections from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday and Sunday, collecting donations.
Fill-the Boot is a nationwide effort that sees fire fighters all over the country partner with MDA to support those with muscle diseases.
Scottsboro Fire Chief Gene Necklaus said the Scottsboro Professional Fire Fighter’s Association stepped forward several years ago. He said the city council approved.
“It’s a great effort and another testament to the type of people we have in our local public services,” said Necklaus.
“We are thrilled to be working with the Scottsboro Fire Department and Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 2949 for another year of Fill-the-Boot to help provide the funds needed to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility,” said MDA Associate Executive Director Erin Franklin. “The dedication of these fire fighters to MDA’s mission is unwavering, spending countless hours both with Fill-the-Boot and MDA Summer Camp to care of the kids and adults in Alabama. We know that their devotion to our families will make this year’s drive a success.”
Necklaus said it’s internally driven, coming from the bottom up.
“The fire fighters want to do this as a way to support those in need,” said Necklaus. “It’s just like the benefit police/fire softball game a few weeks ago, neither [Police Chief] Ralph Dawe or myself told them to go out and do this, they saw a need and worked to help fill it on their own.”
Necklaus also credited the community, saying $1,700 was raised for Sayde’s Fund at the softball game.
“I expect they will raise a lot of money for MDA this weekend,” said Necklaus. “It makes me proud to work alongside these folks and in this community.”
If anyone would like to make a donation to the 2019 Fill-the-Boot campaign, they can contact the fire department at 256-574-2617 or look for fire fighters this Labor Day weekend.