Rapid City Fire Department hits the streets with boots in hand
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Fire Department’s local 1040 station will continue its long-standing tradition of participating in the annual ‘Fill the Boot’ program, raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
You will see local firemen in many locations throughout the city including both Walmart stores, Family Fare on E. Saint Patrick Street, as well as, on busy intersections with their boots held out collecting donations, Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m.
“Rapid City Fire always displays an unwavering support for MDA year after year, raising critical funds and awareness to help our families get the care they need. They also lead the Midwest for most money raised in 2021,” says Regional Director of Fire Fighter Partnerships, Elizabeth Nelson. “We are so thankful for their continued commitment to cure neuromuscular diseases and to protect everyone on the frontlines in our community.”
Money collected goes to the MDA helping those with neuromuscular diseases get the services that they need that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to receive.
“We have a generous community here in Rapid City, and we see it year after year when we go out and hold the boots and ask people for donations,” said Tessa Jaeger, Rapid City Fire Department Public Information Officer. “What I think is really interesting is in the year of 2020, we weren’t able to go out on the streets and collect money due to COVID19. And so we just did online donations and only got a little over $500. Last year, we were back out on the streets and raised more than $62,000. So it makes a huge difference when our firefighters get to go out on the streets and communicate with the public and the public gets to see them, we get to see them and it just makes a big difference.”
“Not all people carry cash, so maybe just get some change. Every little bit helps. And then we’ll also have a link on our social media where you can donate online if you’d like to do it that,” said Jaeger.
You can also support the campaign by donating online here.