WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – You may have already seen some firefighters standing in front of grocery stores and gas stations with a boot full of cash this weekend.
It’s the MDA Fill the Boot fundraiser and it’s part of a yearly tradition of collecting money for a good cause — the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This year, Sedgwick County Fire District 1 will be at several locations in the area raising money and hoping to reach a $22,000 goal.
Firefighters will continue fundraising through the Labor Day weekend. Some of the first responders said it’s a tradition that goes back so far, they don’t even know when it began.
“I’m not sure how it started or how the fire department became involved in it,” said Sedgwick County Fire Department Captain Don Boone. “I know that all the guys I talked to — as far as firemen — were happy to come out to do it every year.”
Fill the Boot has been a tradition for over 60 years across America. The tradition will continue in Wichita through the weekend during the following times, at the following locations.Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to dark and Monday from 8:00 a.m. to noon
- Park City – Leekers, Quik Trip
- New Market Square – Walmart, Dillons
- Haysville – Cash Saver, Kwik Shop
- Goddard – Kwik Shop, Walmart
- Derby – Lowe’s, Kwik Shop
- 63rd & Rock – Quik Trip
- 37th & Woodlawn – Dillons
- Kellogg & Greenwich – Walmart, Lowe’s