Fill the Boot Drive raises almost $13,000

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Sept 6, 2007 - Despite rain and one day of slow traffic, this annual Fill the Boot Drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association was a big success, with nearly $13,000 collected in firefighters’ boots.

As they have done for at least the last 17 years, Hopkins County residents once again proved their generosity and support of the fund raiser hosted Labor Day weekend by Sulphur Springs Fire Department.

Overall, firemen collected $12,926.19, the second largest amount ever raised by SSFD. The record of $13,081.50 was set in 2005. Last year, they collected right at $11,000.

�The three-day drive started out Thursday under warm temperatures, but firefighters were unable to collect one day due to rain. On Saturday, they collected only about $100 from locations around the downtown square due to a lack of traffic. But they were constantly busy Saturday near the stop light at Gilmer Street, Linda Drive and Bill Bradford Road, firefighters reported, helping make for a succesful day.

On behalf of all the firemen, SSFD Capt. Charles Vaughn extended a big "Thanks" to the Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County community for their generous contributions.

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