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Boot Drive_MDA 3The Williston Professional Firefighters union held its first “Fill the Boot Drive” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on Dec. 26, collecting donations in front of Walmart. Senior Firefighter Prescott Nadeau said it was “a huge success.” Nadeau said residents and visitors contributed everything from a quarter to $50, raising a total of $2,500

“One family showed up with two kids who announced that they wanted to donate their allowance money to help the kids in need,” Nadeau said. “Another gentleman asked what the cause was and before we even finished the description he threw in $50.”

“One of our career firefighters in Williston benefits directly from the money raised for the MDA as one of his sons has Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease,” a neurological disorder, Nadeau added. “Whether it be leg braces for his son, a wheelchair for travel purposes, summer camp in New York with other children or just medical check ups…the money raised goes 100 percent to the MDA. Even better, the money raised in Vermont stayed in Vermont and will end up at the MDA clinic at the UVM Medical Center or straight to Vermont families in need.”

Nadeau said Williston firefighters have begun planning for next year’s drive, and plan to host smaller events throughout the year.