ANNA — The generosity of Anna residents was on full display recently, as several Anna firefighters participated in the annual Fill the Boot campaign to raise funds for research into several debilitating diseases.

“The drive was held on three Saturdays at the Brookshire’s and Walmart by the on-duty crews,” said Fire Chief Tim Gothard. “In spite of cutting short the drives because of the number of emergency calls during those days, the amount of money collected was nevertheless remarkable. The caring, compassion and generosity of Anna citizens is truly heartwarming.”

While the drive usually includes firefighters working busy corners, asking for donations from motorists stopped at red lights, the high level of construction and the accompanying traffic congestion limited the drive to the entrances of the two large retailers. Even so, drivers expressed their approval of the modified drive by contributing a total of $5,100 to the campaign.

“That’s over $1,600 per day, and really not complete days,” added the Chief. “That rate of donation is inspiring. It shows that Anna residents are willing to share their bounty with a worthy cause.”

The Anna Fire Department has been participating in the Muscular Dystrophy Association Fill the Boot campaign for over 10 years, donating their time to raise funds to help MDA’s efforts in groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at Cook’s Children’s and Texas Neurology in the DFW area. The funds also help send more than 100 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA Summer Camp at no cost to their families.

The Anna Fire Department also participates in a number of other local and regional programs and activities that seek to improve the lives of Anna residents.

“The firefighters who participate do so on a voluntary basis,” added the Chief. “Even though they are on call, they do not have to be out in the weather asking for donations. They do it because they believe in helping others. After all, that’s why they became firefighters.”