Columbia Fire Department gears up for annual MDA Boot Drive

March 11, 2014 

Columbia City Councilman Brian DeQuincey Newman contributes to the fire department's MDA Boot Drive as Councilman Moe Baddourah watches.

COLUMBIA, SC It’s time for the Columbia Fire Department’s annual Boot Drive for the Midlands Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The Boot Drive will be held at the following intersections from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. March 19 - 21:

Assembly and Gervais streets

Huger and Blossom streets

Devine and Harden streets

Bull and Elmwood streets

Main Street and Sunset Boulevard

Bush River Road and Broad River Road

South Beltline Boulevard and Rosewood Drive

Forest Drive and Beltline Boulevard

Leesburg Road and Garners Ferry Road

Two Notch Road and Decker Boulevard

Sparkleberry Road and Two Notch Road

U.S. 21 and Blythewood Road

Pineview Road and Garners Ferry Road

Kennerly Road and Broad River Road

Trenholm Road and Forest Drive

Rabon Road and Farrow Road

Rhame Road and Clemson Road

The drive has collected $2.3 million in the past 14 years. The fire department hopes to beat last year’s total of $132,000, according to a press release.

MDA’s relationship with the Columbia Fire Department goes back more than 50 years. The drive grew in the late 1990’s when firefighters were allowed to collect in the intersections and on duty. At that time, the department was inspired Retired Battalion Chief Tom Taylor's grandson Taylor McEntire who was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. His spirit continues to be a driving force behind the drive that has helped families throughout the Midlands.

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education. MDA is funded almost entirely by individual private contributions and cooperating organizations. Only nine percent of every dollar collected is spent on administrative costs.

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