Soon Columbia Richland firefighters will once again be out at city and county intersections asking drivers to help ‘Fill the Boot’ in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Greater South Carolina District.
The 2019 CFD ‘Fill The Boot’ Campaign will be kicking off Tuesday evening March 19, 2019 when the Columbia City Council convenes for its next meeting.
The drive will then be in full swing from Wednesday, March 20 through Friday, March 22. During all three days CFD crews will be out near the following intersections collecting donations from approximately 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Assembly & Gervais Two Notch & Decker
Huger & Blossom Sparkleberry & Two Notch
Devine & Harden Hwy 21 & Blythewood
Bull & Elmwood Pineview & Garners Ferry
Main & Sunset Kennerly & Broad River
Bush River & Broad River Forest Drive & Beltline
South Beltline & Rosewood Trenholm & Forest Drive
Leesburg & Garners Ferry Rabon Rd & Farrow Rd
North Springs & Clemson Rd
“I am nothing short of incredibly proud of the work our firefighters put into this campaign each and every year,” said Columbia Richland Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins, “In 2018 our crews netted $145,000 to help MDA Greater South Carolina. That puts us just shy of the $3 million mark in overall contributions raised. I know with the incredible generosity of our citizens that we will surpass that mark this year.”
Muscular Dystrophy is a group of diseases that cause progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass in patients. Complications from MD can lead to trouble walking, curvature of the spine and problems with the heart, breathing and swallowing. Across the U.S. hundreds of thousands of people are impacted by MD diseases.
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy through worldwide research. The association also provides comprehensive health care and support services. Funds raised by the CFD ‘Fill the Boot’ Campaign will go to support MDA patient care services and summer camp opportunities for children at no cost to their families.
MDA’s relationship with the Columbia Fire Department goes back more than 50 years. CFD’s ‘Fill the Boot’ campaign grew in the late 1990’s when our firefighters were allowed to collect in the intersections and on duty. At that time, the department was inspired by Taylor McEntire, the grandson of one of our retired battalion chiefs. Taylor was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. To this day his spirit continues to be a driving force behind ‘Fill the Boot’ that has helped families throughout the Midlands.