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Fill the Boot Kicks Off

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$25.2 million dollars.

That's how much cash filled the boots of firefighters around the nation in 2012.

The Minot Fire Department raised nearly $39,000 last year --- the most money raised in the state for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The Fill the Boot Campaign kicked off this morning and over the next three days, firefighters in Minot hope to raise $42,000.

Every dollar donated helps support the Muscular Dystrophy Association's mission of finding a cure for muscle disease.

Funds from 'Fill the Boot' cover all costs for a week long M-D-A summer camp.

(Sue Wiger, Muscular Dystrophy Association) "Children like Levi have the opportunity to zip line, fish and swim for a week and do those things that they can't always do. Without the support of firefighters like the Minot group, we could not make this happen."

(Jim Hatleid, Minot City Council President) "When you see a firefighter on the corner with a boot, stop by, tell him hello and thank him, and then help him fill the boot all the way to the top."

(Dan Fuller, Minot Fire Department) "You'll know who we are and everyone will have a boot in their hand. When you come through, throw us some change out of your car and it all goes to a great cause."

Firefighters are posted with a boot in hand at the corner of East Burdick and 3rd Street Southeast today.

Wednesday and Thursday they will add a second location at the corner of 20th Avenue and 16th Street.

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