Milton City Council (top row) with members of the Milton Fire-Rescue Department, and MDA representatives and local MDA families.
Photo: City of Milton
Photo: City of Milton

$87K raised by Milton firefighters for muscular dystrophy

During six Fridays in April and June, Milton residents and other drivers stuffed $87,000 in boots at intersections in the city.

This was part of the Milton Fire-Rescue Department’s “Fill The Boot” fundraising drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Milton Fire Chief Robert Edgar presented the money collected to Abby Ruffner, the executive director for MDA at a city council meeting last week.

It’s the 11th straight year that Milton’s fire department has raised funds for the organization, which is dedicated to raising awareness for and curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases.

A press release from the city says that in that 11-year span, firefighters in Milton have raised more than $726,000.

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“Each year I'm humbled by the generosity of our community and think we'll never surpass that year's total, and each year I'm proven wrong by our residents,” Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood said in a statement. “Our public safety personnel put their lives on the line for us day in and day out, and it's always an honor to recognize them for their extraordinary commitment to our community and those in need.”

The money collected will benefit Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Georgia, a camp for children facing serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges.

To collect the money, Milton firefighters went to busy intersections in the city every other Friday and held out a boot, hoping to fill it with cash for the cause. On average, they collected $14,000 per day this year.

"As part of our partnership with MDA, a group of us travel to Camp Twin Lakes to see our community donations in action," Edgar said. "Seeing the smiling faces on campers and experiencing firsthand the impact our community is making on these children and their families is priceless."

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