The Rincon Fire Department will be out in full force as it hits the streets at the intersection of Fort Howard Road and Highway 21 from 5-8 p.m. this evening and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday for its annual Fill the Boot drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Last year, firefighter and boot drive coordinator Kenny Whitten led his department to raise $4,800 for MDA. This year, the goal is to collect $6,000, and firefighters encourage the Vienna community to help them reach it.
One benefit of firefighters’ efforts is MDA Summer Camp, where campers, ages 6-17, enjoy an activity-packed, week-long getaway at the New
Ebenezer Retreat Center as they swim, ride horses, fish, make crafts and more. Firefighters visited camp this summer, fishing, competing in a frozen T-shirt contest and spraying hoses in a water fight with the campers.
Summer Camp is just one of the many services MDA offers to local families battling muscular dystrophy. The donations collected by the firefighters will help fund local clinics and support groups, as well as support vital research aimed at treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases.
MDA is a voluntary health agency working to find treatments and cures for 43 neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive medical and community services, and far-reaching professional and public health education.