Why do firefighters collect money in their boots? For the MDA

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WESTERN SLOPE, Colo. — Have you ever wondered why firefighters collect money in their boots this time of year? It’s for a pretty incredible cause.

For the past 65 years, Labor Day weekend has allowed firefighters on the Western Slope to give back to the community in a non-traditional way.

Firefighters support the Muscular Dystrophy Association by raising money in their boots.

Once the fundraiser is done, the money is dispursed among families affected by muscular dystrophy, and similar diseases.

The funds help children and adults with the disease to purchase medications and attend a summer camp that allows them to do things they otherwise could not.

Many firefighters find their usual day of work to be rewarding, but this weekend-long event takes it to another level.

Firefighters of mesa county are also thrilled to have just accepted a proclamation, which confirms August 29th to September 2nd to be “Fill The Boot days”.

You can find the firefighters and their boots at your local supermarket, and Walmarts in Silt and Rifle.

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