Fill the Boot Campaign Kicks Off

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CHEYENNE, WY (KGWN) - The annual "Fill the Boot" campaign starts Saturday morning around Cheyenne, but Governor Matt Mead, Mayor Rick Kaysen and other local officials took time on Thursday to honor the weekend of charity.

"Fill the Boot" raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) by collecting dollars in firefighter boots. Firefighters from the Cheyenne Fire Department will be around town all Labor Day weekend collecting money and handing out stickers to those who donate.

The campaign is part of the national partnership between the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) and MDA.

Cheyenne Fire Division Chief Jon Narva said "Fill the Boot" was very personal to him and other local firefighters. "There's just a strong sense that you're doing something that needs done," said Narva.

This year, local IAFF president Jonathan Bertsch said he hopes the spotlight on the ALS challenge will help the MDA cause, which includes ALS research, support, and awareness. "We're hoping to piggy back off of that this year with another event and try to contribute to more than what people typically assume MDA is," said Bertsch.

Firefighters will be around Cheyenne starting Saturday morning through Monday evening. Narva said the local goal is to raise $30,000.

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