Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan dropped money in a firefighter's boot Wednesday to kick off our brothers and sisters from the Fayetteville Fire Department with their Fill the Boot campaign to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Jordan encouraged local residents to support MDA by contributing Friday and Saturday as local firefighters stand at intersections seeking contributions.
"When you fill these boots up, you are doing more than filling them with money," Jordan said. "You are filling them full of hope, help and healing. That's what it's really all about."
Firefighter Bailey Kelley, coordinator for this year's Fill the Boot campaign, said that the Fire Fighters Association has been raising money for MDA for many years. The amount of money raised increased significantly beginning a few years ago after firefighters obtained permits from the city to collect money from motorists at busy intersections.
She said firefighters will be wearing bright yellow vests and holding out boots seeking donations on Friday and Saturday at two different intersections — Shiloh Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and also Joyce Boulevard and Mall Avenue.