Corpus Christi firefighters are getting ready to kick off their annual “Fill the Boot” campaign.
Today, City Councilman Rudy Garza read a proclamation and announced the firefighters will stand on busy street intersections to collect money on March 1, March 15 and March 22.
They will be out collecting money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The money helps pay for projects and research worldwide. It also helps fund a summer camp for kids with muscular dystrophy.
Mayor Joe McComb kicked off this year’s campaign by donating $20 and every other council member followed and filled the boot with money.
Last year, the Corpus Christi Professional Firefighters Association collected more than $105,000 for M.D.A.
During today’s meetings, President of the Corpus Christi Professional Firefighters Association Johnny Stobbs gave thanks to the Corpus Christi community. “It’s not possible without you. The citizens of Corpus Christi open their hearts and fill these boots,” Stobbs said.
Former C.C.P.F.A. President Carlos Torres agreed. He said when it comes to the amount of money collected, Corpus Christi ranks in the top 25 out of the top 100 fire departments across the country. He said Corpus Christi ranks as number 6 in the top fire departments in the state. Torres said he hopes to break those records this year.