Jennifer Kingery, of Ark-LA-Tex Muscular Dystrophy Association, said Thursday that the recent MDA Boot Drive held by members of the Bastrop Fire Department raised $5,898 from our community.

Funds raised through the Bastrop Fill the Boot event in 2017 empower families who inspire everyday Americans to help kids and adults with Muscular dystrophy and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger, displaying how we all can truly live unlimited no matter what limits we may face. Contributions also help fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center in Monroe and Shreveport. They also help send more than 100 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp at Camp Grant Walker – all at no cost to their families.

In addition, to Fill the Boot drives, firefighter contributions from year-round local events help support MDA’s efforts to raise awareness and provide professional and public education about neuromuscular diseases.

MDA also thanked the following local companies that helped out with the Boot Drive; Super One – cooked a large meal for the department after fill the boot drive. Bastrop Super Foods – provided plates, cups, and tea for the dinner. Kraftsman Credit Union – counted the donations for the fire department

Continuing a more than 60-year tradition, many dedicated firefighters from Bastrop hit the streets on Friday, October 6 with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA.