ABILENE, Texas - The Abilene Firefighter's Association annual "Fill the Boot" campaign wrapped up Saturday evening.
The event raised more than $25,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, according to AFA Vice President Jimmy Hall. This year's campaign was a little more difficult than others, though, due to a city ordinance passed in November.
The ordinance makes solicitation no longer allows solicitation on busy streets or intersections. This year firefighters were at local United and Walmart supermarkets.
The Abilene Police Department collaborated with the city of Abilene and the city council to pass the ordinance, following newspaper vendors reportedly being struck by vehicles.
We are very supportive of what the fire department does to support the muscular dystrophy association, but we are also equally supportive of keeping our streets safe," Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge said.
All proceeds of the campaign go towards muscular disease research. In previous years, firefighters were able to collect $40,000 to $50,000.