Firefighters "Fill the Boot" on Tallahassee Street Corners

May 4, 2011 by Julie Montanaro

Firefighters are manning street corners across Tallahassee to collect money for Jerry's Kids.

Firemen kicked off their annual "Fill the Boot Drive" this morning and are hoping to raise more than 30-thousand dollars over the next three days for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Most of that money will come in the form of small bills ... ones and fives ... but firefighters say they do get an occasional 20 or even a hundred dollar bill dropped in the boot.

"We've seen a hundred a couple of times," firefighter Anthony Espinosa said with a laugh, "but mostly ones, we got some change out there, but everything helps, anything you can give."

'"With the economy, you know, things have been tough, but we still have folks that have really been out there and supportive of MDA," said firefighter Jarvis Bedford.

Firefighters will be targeting motorists during the morning and evening rush hour, as well as lunch hours, through Friday.

WCTV will gladly accept the check when they present it on the annual MDA Labor Day Telethon.

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