N. Fulton donors raise nearly $80K for Muscular Dystrophy Association

Milton plans to build a new firehouse next to a new court and police facility on Ga. 9. AJC FILE

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Milton plans to build a new firehouse next to a new court and police facility on Ga. 9. AJC FILE

Milton residents opened their checkbooks in recent weeks to help raise money for a worthy cause.

The Milton Fire-Rescue Department recently concluded its annual “Fill the Boot” fundraising drive in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. When Milton Fire Chief Robert Edgar presented the donation to MDA officials during the June 5 city council meeting, he had $79,347.26 to give.

Beginning in April, Milton firefighters collected  money at key Milton intersections every other Friday through late May. In six weeks, Milton firefighters collected nearly $80,000 to help in the fight against muscular dystrophy.

Total collections have steadily increased year-over-year with this year's donations up by two percent from last year's total, fire officials said. Milton residents have helped raise more than $639,000 over the last 10 years.

The Milton Fire-Rescue Department was once again ranked number one in the metro Atlanta area and highest per-capita by the Muscular Dystrophy Association for boot drive collections.

"Each year, Milton firefighters dedicate countless hours of their time participating in Fill the Boot drives and at MDA Summer Camp,” MDA Fundraising Coordinator Samantha Shida said in a statement. “… We're grateful for their steadfast drive and uncommon caring toward the kids and adults we serve."

To learn more about MDA, visit its website at www.mda.org.

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