ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Firefighters hit the streets this holiday weekend to raise money for the annual Fill the boot campaign.
Shift Commander Scott Richards says the firefighters have been at different intersections on Commerce Street since Friday afternoon, asking for donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, an agency that helps people who suffer from diseases that cause weakness and loss of muscle mass.
"We've had three different families that have been diagnosed with different neuro-muscular diseases here at the fire department so it's something that is kind of close to home for us and something that is important for us," said Commander Richards.
The money they raise goes towards helping the Association pay for medical equipment, treatments and research to help find a cure.
Firefighter Luke Betterton has been with the fire department for about a year and half.
This year is Betterton's second Fill the Boot campaign.
He says seeing community members give back is a welcome change from meeting them on the worst days of their lives.
"It's nice to go out on the intersection and whenever they pull up, they got a smile on their face and you know, they're giving to a good cause," said Betterton.
Last year, the department raised about nine thousand dollars.
This year they hope to raise ten thousand.
"People in the community are really generous to us and we appreciate their support so we shouldn't have any problems reaching our goal," said Commander Richards.
The firefighters will be out again on Commerce Street Sunday to collect more donations.