Fairfax firefighters raise most for MDA
Motorists in Fairfax County contributed $561,487 to Fairfax firefighters and paramedics who roamed the busiest intersections of the county over the Labor Day weekend in their annual "Fill the Boot" campaign.
Fairfax firefighters union spokesman Joel Kobersteen said the donations by Fairfax drivers were the most in the nation, topping the collections in Houston of $489,081.
Union locals of the International Association of Fire Fighters annually compete to see who can raise the most money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Fairfax Local 2068 has been among the top fundraisers for years, and the IAFF said it has donated more than $425 million to the MDA over 56 years.
Proceeds raised during the street-side campaign help support MDA services and research programs in the Washington D.C. area, including MDA’s outpatient clinics for people with more than 40 neuromuscular diseases at Children’s National Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital and the annual MDA camp in Leonardtown, Md.
-- Tom Jackman