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These boots were made for filling

Local Walmart shoppers may want to bring a little extra cash this month, as the Brookhaven Fire Department will be ready with boots in hand.

The department holds a Fill the Boot Drive annually to help raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

“We’ve been getting a pretty good response,” Brookhaven Fire Department Chief Tony Weeks said. During the last drive, the department collected over $2,300 for MDA.

The Brookhaven Fire Department has been collecting money for MDA every year except one since they first started in 2006 under the leadership of Bob Watts.

“We do it in three shifts for three weekends,” Weeks said.

Collection will be Sept. 14, 21 and 28, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

According to MDA Development Director Ellie Denman, the money will help transform the lives of children and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases.

“As the largest source of funding for neuromuscular disease research outside of the federal government, MDA has committed more than $1 billion since our inception to accelerate the discovery of therapies and cures,” Denman said in a press release.

According to Denman, money has gone to fund research and programs, including state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers. One such MDA Care Center is located at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

The funds will also help over 50 local children freely attend an MDA summer camp at Camp Starlite and Camp Widgiwagon, according to the press release.