(Photo by Tim Jaynes)
Each year, Sikeston's firefighters endure the heat and collect money from area residents and visitors for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The campaign is a joint effort from firefighters across the nation, working together to raise money to help find a cure for children with this neuromuscular disease.
"This is a worthy cause and we are glad to participate in this effort," said Sgt. Jim McMillen, DPS public information officer. Last year, the fire division collected more than $13,000 from people in the SIkeston area. A majority of the money was collected from shoppers at the Sikeston Wal-Mart, where manager James Miller has once again offered the use of the parking lot for donation collections this year.
"We appreciate Wal-Mart's help with our collection efforts for this important cause," McMillen said. "Without their help, this would no doubt be a much more difficult task for us."
Checks, cash and coins are accepted. The division has set a goal to raise $15,000 before the Sept. 3 deadline. All money will then be taken to the MDA telethon. McMillen said fire departments will have small competitions with one another to motivate them to raise the most money.
"Our department takes great pride in raising this money for these kids," McMillen said. "It can be very uncomfortable standing in the heat, collecting this money. However we are glad to contribute."