Waxahachie firefighters will soon be taking to the streets in the fight against Muscular Dystrophy.
Firefighters will be collecting donations as part of their annual Fill the Boot campaign April 29, May 6 and May 13 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Crews will be out at several locations in the city from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. along the intersections of Main Street and Elm Street, Marvin Avenue and Ferris Avenue, and Northgate Drive and north U.S. Highway 77 and Indian Drive and north U.S. Highway 77.
“This is for a good cause. The funds collected go to camps with kids who have Muscular Dystrophy. It also goes to research to help kids who have Muscular Dystrophy,” said Capt. Josh Anderson, with the Waxahachie Fire Department. “Every year, the citizens are really giving. We love being part of the community. This is a great community that gives and we are proud to be part of Waxahachie.”
Anderson said every donation, whether small or large, goes to help these kids who are battling this disease.
According to the Muscular Dystrophy Association website, the term Muscular Dystrophy refers to a group of genetic diseases marked by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal, or voluntary muscles, which control movement.
MDA camps offer children with Muscular Dystrophy and related muscle-debilitating diseases a fun and safe, outdoor experience. Children can take part in a variety of activities such as adaptive sports, arts, horseback riding, swimming, fishing, crafts, camp dances and much more. The weeklong camps are offed at no charge to families.
Anderson said he wanted to ask drivers to use caution and keep an eye out for firefighters working in those areas. Firefighters will have signs up at the locations to make drivers aware of their presence. They will also be wearing safety vests to be as visible as possible to traffic. Firefighters are going to be collecting donations at these intersections throughout the day as much as they can, but will still responding to emergency calls.
Anderson said he wanted to thank the community for their continued support and generosity shown each year for the cause.
To find out more information about Muscular Dystrophy, go to www.mda.org.
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