Around 20 Roanoke firefighters volunteered much of their Saturday to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
“Fill the Boot” is a 65-year tradition to collect anything from pocket change to large bills.
Roanoke City Local 1132 raised $12,000 last year and is hoping to at least match that this year.
Those involved say it’s an incredible act of kindness and generosity.
“Every penny that’s raised this weekend stays local to help local children and adults fight muscle disease. It helps send local kids to summer camp, it helps fund local treatments,” said Fill the Boot Coordinator Caitlin Price.
“It just feels like family. Like everybody is wanting to support the community, everybody wants to come together for an important cause,” added Nicholas Ramirez, who suffers from Muscular Dystrophy.
“Fill the Boot” will be going on Sunday, too, around Valley View Mall. You can also donate on Venmo: @Fill-the-boot-1132.