YONKERS, N.Y. – Yonkers firefighters hit the street this weekend with boots in hand and collected nearly $40,000 for those in need.
Members of Yonkers Fire Local 628 conducted their annual “Fill The Boot” charity fund drive on Central Avenue in front of Fire Station 14. All the money will be donated to area charities and organizations.
"The firefighters of Yonkers Local 628 want to thank everyone who donated,” union President Barry McGoey said in a statement. “Though this charity event does slow down traffic a bit, the donations are appreciated, especially at a time when the organizations we seek to support struggle to raise funds due to the economic downturn."
Yonkers firefighters' boot drives have collected more than $500,000 in the past decade.
One hundred percent of that money has been donated to the various charities and organizations the fire department supports, including the NYC Ronald McDonald House, Maria Fareri's Children's Hospital and the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center.