(WAOW) -- For 66 years, International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) has raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association as a part of the Fill the Boot program. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing requirements, Fill the Boot can't happen in its traditional format.
Instead, Fill the Boot will happen virtually.
"For six decades, IAFF members have been at intersections across America with their fire boots to collect donations for MDA," said IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger. "But the COVID pandemic and social distancing make that an impossibility. Virtual Fill the Boot will let our members continue to collect to help MDA meet their vital mission of finding treatment and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and other neuromuscular diseases."
Donations to the virtual campaigns help support the MDA's Frontline COVID-19 Emergency Fund
"IAFF members display an unwavering support for MDA year after year, raising critical funds and awareness to help our families get the care they need," said MDA CEO and President Lynn O'Connor Vos. "We are so thankful to the IAFF for continuing its commitment to cure neuromuscular disease and for the flexibility to go virtual through this pandemic to protect everyone on the frontlines in our communities."