Friday, August 13, 2010

Filling the Boot for the MDA

Lakeside Firefighters were out in force Thursday morning raising funds and awareness for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).  The International Association of Firefighters has been partnered with the MDA for decades, raising over $275 million since 1954 though local fund raising such as this and various other methods.  The money raised helps the MDA fund worldwide research efforts to eradicate 40 neuromuscular diseases.  The contributions of the firefighters also go towards MDA's summer camps for children, professional and public health education and other programs. 
The Crews from St. 3 and St. 26

Every year the Lakeside Fire Protection District partners with our local branch of the MDA to go out and do our part to help the MDA achieve their goals.  Both on and off duty personnel take to the streets from 6:30 am to  9:00 am at two of our busiest intersection in the district.  This year we had all crews from all stations able to get out to help.  During the two and a half hour period we were able to raise over $4,000 for the MDA.  We realize this money comes directly from the pockets of the citizens we serve and we appreciate their compassion and commitment to this issue.  As with all of the charity events we help with, all of the money goes directly to the charity.  We are happy to make this donation to the MDA in the name of the citizens of Lakeside.  If you live in Lakeside (or happened to be driving through yesterday morning) we appreciate your help! Thanks to the caring citizens of Lakeside we are consistently able to make healthy donations to the charities we support.

To see all of the great work that the MDA does on a daily basis please go to their website at: .

The banner says it all

Firefighters Line the Street to "Fill the Boot"

Story Submitted by:  Firefighter / Paramedic Bernie Molloy
Photos By: Firefighter-Paramedic Eric Stamm

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