These boots are made for stuffing

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By Brian Garner

You’re going to see Chester Fire Department fire engines and firefighters at intersections in Chester this week as the fire department holds its annual Fill the Boot drive, raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger.

This is the department’s third year holding out the boot for motorists stopped at the intersections in Chester to fill with donations. Chester Fire Chief Paul Caldwell says the firefighters will be stationed at intersections through Saturday and be at Wal-Mart collecting for this cause.

“We are thrilled to be working with the Chester Fire Department for another year of Fill the Boot to help provide the funds needed to find treatments for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility,” said MDA Associate Executive Director Lisa Swicegood.

“The dedication of these firefighters to MDA’s mission is unwavering, spending countless hours both with Fill the Boot and MDA Summer Camp to care for the kids and adults in our local community.

“Last year’s drive raised almost $8,000, which was enough to send four kids to a week of MDA summer camp,” she said.

The last two years the Chester Fire Department held their Fill the Boot drive in May, but schedule conflicts made it impossible this year, Caldwell said, and since the department committed to doing one this year, they chose the final week of October as the best time to get the drive completed before the holidays.