Omaha and Papillion fire fighters will be stationed in front of metro area Hy-Vee stores today and tomorrow with boots in hand collecting money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Rob Anderson is the MDA coordinator for the Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association and says the funds collected go to research to fight this disease.
Anderson says, “We will have over 100 fire fighters out to “Fill the Boot” at these locations. Our weekend usually brings in a good amount of money for our fundraisers for the year. We do other fundraisers like steak-fry’s and golf tournaments but this tradition of “Fill the Boot” dating back 61 years for all fire fighters in the U-S and Canada is the most successful.”
Anderson says the money is put to good use. He says there are new medications for those with Muscular Dystrophy so they know their hard work is paying off.
Over the past eleven years the Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association has raised more than $700,000 in support of MDA.