Lieut. Blair Pinker, left, and firefighters Micah Chesher, Steve Nicks and Jared MacLeod and their fellow firefighters collected donations at several grocery stores across Nanaimo this month to help fund the fight against muscular dystrophy. (News Bulletin file photo)

Lieut. Blair Pinker, left, and firefighters Micah Chesher, Steve Nicks and Jared MacLeod and their fellow firefighters collected donations at several grocery stores across Nanaimo this month to help fund the fight against muscular dystrophy. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo firefighters’ boots stuffed with donations at this year’s drive

Donations tallied about $18,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Canada

Donations helped Nanaimo firefighters stuff some big boots they were trying to fill.

Members of the Nanaimo Professional Firefighters IAFF Charitable Society were in front of grocery stores for two days earlier this month, asking for donations for the annual Muscular Dystrophy Boot Drive. They came away with about $18,000, the highest amount of money raised in recent memory and a substantial increase compared to the most recent boot drive in Nanaimo.

“We were pretty happy about it, actually, because last year we didn’t really do a full-fledged boot drive because of COVID, but the year prior to that we raised $12,000,” said firefighter Jared MacLeod. “So we were pretty happy with that amount … I don’t know if it was because of COVID, but everyone seemed pretty happy to donate money this year.”

MacLeod said virtually all of the donation amount was collected at the boot drive sites Sept. 18-19 with a small percentage of the total donated online.

“That’s the most we’ve raised in, I would say, probably five to seven years, anyway,” MacLeod said.

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