Leavenworth firefighters turned over a check Wednesday to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Leavenworth firefighters turned over a check Wednesday to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The $2,819.40 donated to MDA was collected by firefighters over Labor Day weekend as part of the annual Fill the Boot campaign. Members of the Leavenworth Fire Department collected donations for MDA in front of two local stores.

Jeff Porter, a Leavenworth firefighter who serves as a liaison for the campaign, said he is appreciative of the generosity of members of the community.

“They are always good about filling the boot,” he said.

Tara Vandermillion, a development coordinator for MDA, was on hand Wednesday to accept the check from the Leavenworth firefighters.

She said the donated funds will help families with members suffering from muscle diseases. She said there are 21 registered patients in the Leavenworth area.

“All the money does stay local to help local families,” she said.

During the recent collection effort, Leavenworth firefighters were thanked by two families with members who are suffering from muscle diseases, Porter said.

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