Fill-the-Boot Fundraiser

Oakhurst and Coarsegold Firefighters Cal Fire Local 2881 will hold Fill-the-Boot to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Central California Chapter.

Firefighters will stand at the intersections of highways 41/49 in Oakhurst and Highway 41 and Road 415 in Coarsegold from 8 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, May 24. They will ask passing motorists to donate dollars and change to “Fill-the-Boot” as they travel through the intersections.

With help from the Oakhurst, Coarsegold, Bass Lake and Ahwahnee firefighters, MDA can provide the following services to local families free-of-charge: monthly support groups, medical clinics, loan and repair medical equipment, and a 100% wheelchair accessible youth summer camp.

The MDA Summer Camp is specially designed for children with physical disabilities due to muscle diseases. The local MDA Summer Camp is held June 16 – 21, 2014 at Camp Tuolumne Trails in Groveland for children throughout Central California. The facility and all activities are 100% wheelchair accessible — even the pool. Activities include swimming, fishing, arts/crafts, wheelchair races and much more.

“Throughout 2014 MDA and firefighters are celebrating 60 years of proud partnership, joined together in the fight against life-threatening muscle disease,” said MDA Executive Director Carrie Danny.

“Firefighters do more for MDA and the families we serve than any other group. In Central California, they spend countless hours every year volunteering at Fill-the-Boot drives and MDA events such as Summer Camp. We’re grateful for the support of these inspiring, selfless individuals who have made a profound impact on our families’ health, wellbeing and quality of life.”

MDA and the IAFF joined forces in 1954, forming a partnership committed to saving lives. As the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s largest nation-wide sponsor, the IAFF fuels MDA’s mission to find cures and improve quality of life for those living with muscle disease.

Please help firefighters in Oakhurst and Coarsegold fill their boots with donations to send area children to MDA Summer Camp.

Details: MDA Executive Director Carrie Danny, (559) 453-9822 or