Duluth Firefighters Gear Up For Charity Collection

Encouraging the Public to "Fill the Boot"

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Fire departments in the Twin Ports are hoping for generous donations as people “Fill the Boot.”

The Duluth Fire Department kicked off their campaign Tuesday.

Firefighters will be taking donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

They’ll be stationed at four different intersections between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. in Duluth through Wednesday, in Canal Park, at the corner of Central Entrance and Arlington, at the corner of Grand Avenue and Central Avenue, and at Woodland and Arrowhead.

The firefighters taking donations will also be at the Gary and Lakeside fire stations.

Those with muscular dystrophy say the MDA does wonders for treatments of the disease.

“They’ve been there for me though everything,” said Patti Quirk, a woman diagnosed with muscular dystrophy in 2008. “I go to a MDA clinic every 6 months to a year and I have 7-8 specialists that come see me in one room, which is, I think, fabulous.”

Firefighters in Duluth say they collected nearly $43,000 last year.

Their goal is to exceed that total this year.

“We get anything from pennies to $100 bills to checks of amounts I couldn’t write myself,” said firefighter Chris Orman. “That generosity is just spread from top to bottom.”

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