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Why firefighters will be waving boots at Bellingham drivers

A Bellingham firefighter accepts donations to the 9/11 disaster fund during a 2001 “Fill the Boot” drive. On Thursday and Friday, June 16 and 17, off-duty firefighters will collect money from drivers at the Bakerview Road and Meridian Street intersection in a fundraiser for the Western Washington Muscular Dystrophy Association.
A Bellingham firefighter accepts donations to the 9/11 disaster fund during a 2001 “Fill the Boot” drive. On Thursday and Friday, June 16 and 17, off-duty firefighters will collect money from drivers at the Bakerview Road and Meridian Street intersection in a fundraiser for the Western Washington Muscular Dystrophy Association. The Bellingham Herald

Local firefighters will be holding up their empty boots at a major intersection Thursday and Friday, June 16 and 17, to raise money for the Western Washington Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The firefighters, who are off duty and volunteering their time, will ask motorists who are stopped at red lights for donations during the annual Fill the Boot campaign. They will be at the intersection of Bakerview Road and Meridian Street from roughly 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

It’s helpful if people have their donation ready to drop into the boot, so the firefighters can reach as many vehicles as possible during each stoplight.

The money raised goes to sending kids to summer camp, paying for wheelchair repairs and clinic visits, and to research.

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