MELVINDALE (WWJ) – Dearborn and Melvindale firefighters are taking to the street corners Tuesday through June 9th, asking residents to “Fill the Boot” for a good cause.

Battalion Chief Jamie Jent says firefighters will be using their spare time to collect spare change from passing motorists at various intersections around Dearborn and Melvindale, filling rubber boots with your donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

“Anything, spare change, anything they can give,” Jent said, “it all adds up, it all helps.”

Jent said that they’ll be there on the corners at the intersections, so look for them and give if you can. “It will be firefighters out there in their gear with their … rubber boots and basically … you’ll be stopped at a stop light or at a corner … and you can just put money in the boot.

“Community response is tremendous – I mean we always have a very high amount of donations in the city of Dearborn and so we are very happy with the reception we get from the public,” he said.

This is the 60th year the International Association of Firefighters and the MDA have joined forces and over the years have raised $450 million in spare change.

The goal this year is to raise over $10,000.


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