The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

September 5, 2013

Area firefighters are supporting MDA

By Samantha Pidde Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — Clinton and Camanche firefighters raised almost $20,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association throughout the month of August.

Three groups of Clinton firefights volunteered on their days off, standing at intersections and asking drivers to help them fill the boot. The “fill the boot” campaign spanned three Fridays and raised a total of $8,386.81. Lt. Nick Carlson said the amount collected by each shift was: $3,293.88 from A shift; $2,533.07 from B shift; $2,513.76 from C shift.

Carlson said the campaign is organized by the firefighters in their spare time. He added they are happy to raise funds for the MDA.

“It’s for a good cause and it helps people who can’t help themselves,” Carlson said. “And it’s only four hours out of our day that does so much good.”

Carlson also was proud to report that this year’s collection was the highest it has been in awhile. Typically it is closer to $6,000.

The Camanche Volunteer Fire Department donated a total of $11,200 through a variety of fundraising events. Instead of conducting a “fill the boot” campaign, firefighters went door to door, collecting $4,800.

Fundraisers also included the 34th annual MDA Pancake on Aug. 11, which brought in $4,725. A total of $1,075 was raised at the fish fry on Aug. 17. The raffle of the Ducks Unlimited print donated by Carol and Phil Allen made $600 for MDA.

“Muscular dystrophy is just something that firefighters always worked toward to try to defeat,” Fire Chief Dave Schutte said.

Since the Camanche Fire Department began raising money for MDA in 1957, it has raised more than $265,000. However, this year, Schutte said donations were actually down by almost $1,000. He attributed this to the pancake breakfast, which served 1,200 people, between 100 to 200 less than normal.

Schutte is still grateful to those who did donate during the department’s fundraising efforts.

“This community does a great job of supporting all of the MDA fundraising activities held in Camanche every year. We are thankful to all those who support this great cause,” Schutte said.