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      Firefighters collects funds to help 'fill the boot' for MDA

      Myrtle Beach firefighters wrapped up their annual boot drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association Saturday.

      They spent the day in front of the Walmart on Seaboard Street as well as Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach collecting donations.

      All the money they raise goes to benefit local MDA chapters, according to Lieutenant Christian Sliker with the Myrtle Beach Fire Department.

      He explained the disease affects the muscle and muscle tissue making movement almost impossible for some people.

      "To see the community come together, to see the tourists that are in our city right now, come together, whether they're putting in a penny or up to $100 we've seen, this is amazing. This is the things that bring us together. This is just human nature to give, to support and help a great cause," Lieutenant Sliker explained.

      Firefighters were also out at locations on Thursday and Friday.

      Lieutenant Sliker said in the last two days, they've raised more than $6,000.

      "This is just the time we chose to be out here and every firefighter is grateful and happy to help out in raising money for this great cause, whether it's next week, the week after. Of course, we chose a really hot day but we're out here raising money and like I said, we'd not have it any other way."