WILLIAMSON – The Williamson Fire Department (WFD) participated in an annual Labor Day fundraiser to raise money for Jerry’s Kids Friday in downtown Williamson on Friday.
Jerry’s Kids is associated with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
The Williamson Fire Department has been participating in the fill the boot and telethon for many years. The late Curt Phillips, longtime fire chief for the city of Williamson, was passionate about this charitable organization.
The WFD started their boot drive back in 1969. One of the biggest weekends they had was in the early 1970s when local donations totaled around $10,000.
Many of the full-time firefighters, some of them now retired, and part-paid volunteers have volunteered their time over the years to help raise money that goes to help find a cure for the dreaded disease.
For years the local department has helped local families that have had children who suffer from Muscular Distrophy.
According to MDA’s website, the first Labor Day telethon was co-hosted by Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin.
Jerry Lewis co-hosted the event along with other celebrities until 2010.
The website states that May 1, 2015, MDA announced that it would discontinue production of the annual Labor Day broadcast telethon but still plans on continuing the tradition of sharing inspirational stories.
“MDA plans to invest in more digital and mobile channels for consumer engagement and activation,” the website explains.
“The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy and other related diseases,” the website continues.
For more information about MDA visit www.mda.org.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)