By Brandi Makuski
The Stevens Point Fire Department has raised more than $15,000 for a good cause.
The department’s annual “Fill the Boot” campaign fundraiser puts firefighters and EMTs alongside traffic at the intersection of Division and Main streets, boot in hand, over a two-day period soliciting passing motorists for donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
During last year’s fundraiser, firefighters raised a record of more than $10,000 from passersby- some who donated without even realizing why.
“This year we’re looking to get the word out a little bit better of why we’re on the street collecting the money,” said Tom Wastart, firefighter and paramedic.
“We also want to let people know who the money goes to and where the money goes,” he said.
The department held a media day in early July to amp up coverage of the event, at that time announcing a new goal of $12,000. They surpassed that goal by more than $3,000.
The MDA is a nonprofit group working to find a cure for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases.