Several storefronts around Revelstoke, including Rona, Revelstoke Mountain Resort and several ski stores, hosted a fire fighter’s boot near the till this past weekend.
The Fill the Boot campaign is an annual fundraiser for the local fire rescue. This was the first time the boots have been deployed into stores.
“Every year we have firefighters on both Nicol and Hay road on Family Day collecting money in the boots, and it’s a great fundraiser,” says dispatcher Megan Leonard. “Last weekend we put the boots out in a few stores as a sort of test run to see how it would work.”
While this fundraiser has only garnered around $350 (there are still a couple boots to be returned), Leonard is happy with the effort and notes that every bit helps.
“Fundraising and volunteerism is really important to firefighters,” says Leonard.
Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services splits the funds they raise evenly between Muscular Dystrophy Canada and The BC Burn Fund. “Canadian fire and rescue services have been donating to Muscular Dystrophy Canada for 64 years, and the Revelstoke branch has been donating to it for 45 years,” says Leonard. “The BC Burn Fund came into being after fire fighters visited survivors in a burn ward, and decided to make contributions to help them in their recovery. The Revelstoke department has been donating to the BC Burn Fund for 40 years. Between the two causes, the Revelstoke branch has raised over $75,000 in that time.”
“Muscular Dystrophy Canada supports several local residents who have neuromuscular disorders,” says Leonard. “It’s really nice to know some of the money donated has come back to help people in our community.”
The Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services has numerous fundraisers throughout the year, including the RCMP vs. Fire Rescue hockey game, Fill the Boot and Christmas Tree Chipping.