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COLUMBIA - Firefighters will be hitting the street with their boots in their hands.
Columbia Fire Department will be raising money Saturday and Sunday as part of it's annual boot drive to help with medical expenses and research for muscular dystrophy. They have already raised $3,400.
Firefighters will be filling the boot at  the Walmart on Grindstone Boulevard, the Hy-vee on West Broadway and the Sam's Club on Conley Road. 
Columbia firefighters will be raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firefighter Brenda Harrinan says the proceeds help kids in mid-Missouri.
"It also sends them to camp," Harrinan said. "That's what the kids talk about all year long. They can't wait to go back to camp next year."
 
They are hoping to raise $10,000 for the MDA. The MDA helps families with afford other necessary services as well.
"It helps with medical expenses, helps the parents with flu shots and any kind of and wheel chairs," Harrinan said. "The great thing about MDA is it stays local with the community. It's nice it doesn't get shipped off to somewhere else."
 
Harrinan said it was a blast getting to meet the kids who the money benefits.
"I actually got the honor to go do a camp one time so I've got to meet lots of kids for thatm," Harrinan said. "They're pretty amazing. There was also a kid from my camp who lives in the community I live at now. So I get to see him from time to time. It's fun to be able to see both sides. Actually raise the money, but also spend time with the kids and see what they get in benefit out of it."
Firefighters will be filling the boot from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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