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More Donations Needed To "Fill The Boot"

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Muscatine firefighters will hit the sidewalks again Friday to "Fill the Boot" for the Muscular Dystrophy Association but new regulations could end the donation drive that's already had a rough two days.

After low donations Wednesday, the department decided to move from one of its locations.

Thursday, Lt. Andy Summit and volunteers collected donations at the corner of Cedar St. and 8th St.

“It's been a little slower this year,” said Summitt. “I liked it the way we did it before but times change.

Firefighters used to be able to walk right out to cars and take donations but state and local laws won't allow firefighters to be in the street, so they're using nets from the sidewalk to catch every penny.

“Not being in the street, you're not as personable with the cars that are coming up to you,” said Summitt.

“Clearly, it's having a negative effect,” said Michael Rehwaldt, a city council member helping to collect donations. “Thank God most people have electric windows and the butterfly net certainly works to a certain extent but it's limiting.”

In July, the city council said the boot drive could go on but only this year. Summitt says firefighters may be forced to hang up their fundraising boots and raise money other ways for Jerry's kids.

“We're looking at other options, maybe bean bag tournaments, stuff like that, just to try to help supplement some of the money we may lose by the restrictions on the street,” said Summitt. “As long as we're still collecting money for MDA, it's worth it.”

Firefighters will be collecting donations Friday at three locations: Cedar St. and 8th St., Hy-Vee, and Wal-Mart.


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