Empty your pocket, fill the boot

Kirksville firefighters are raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Have you heard of putting your money where your mouth is? The Kirksville Fire Department is hoping thatâ??s exactly what people will do.

On the corner of Baltimore and Illinois Streets in Kirksville firefighters are walking with a boot in their hands to help raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Dozens of cars passed by Walgreens and Hy-Vee and many stopped to put a few coins or dollars in the boot to help kids whose muscles that control movement have weakened. â??It's hot. My arms are hurting; my feet are hurting, but the kids that have Muscular Dystrophy they hurt all the time,â?? said Kirksville Firefighter Jeremy Davis. â??They wake up hurting and they go to bed hurting. Weâ??re fortunate enough to be healthy, so thatâ??s why we do it is to help find a cure."

In just four hours on Thursday, firefighters collected right around $2,000.

In the same amount of time on Friday, they had even better luck.

Drivers donated approximately $3,000.

The â??Fill the Bootâ?? campaign kicked off Thursday afternoon and continued Friday afternoon.

The event's third and final day is Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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