A popular and key fundraising campaign is back for the Delta Firefighters’ Charitable Society (DFCS) after a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19.
The DFCS’s annual Boot Drive will take place Friday (Oct. 8) and Saturday (Oct. 9) at 12 locations across the city.
Delta firefighters will be on hand to accept donations that will be forwarded to Muscular Dystrophy Canada and other local charity organizations. The Boot Drive was launched back in 1981. Just over $24,000 was raised in 2019 and the hope is to surpass $25,000 this year.
“From the outset and for over three decades, our boot drive was entirely branded for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. This was and continues to be a fire service tradition in supporting both children and adults who have Muscular Dystrophy. Some years ago, we shifted our boot drive to support local charities as well, while still supporting muscular dystrophy,” explained DFCS director Kristy Storey.
“We have committed to donating $10,000 to Muscular Dystrophy Canada as one of the 2021 beneficiaries. Funds raised beyond $10,000 will stay local and support Delta charities and children's programs. We fundraise locally, so we are committed to keeping much of those funds in Ladner, Tsawwassen and North Delta communities so we can continue to support our Delta citizens.”
Storey added the campaign is well-aware the public is carrying less cash these days due to the pandemic and there will be another option for the community to support the cause.
“We will have debit/credit card terminals at each location so people who wish to donate can simply ‘tap’ and have a contactless transaction. We recognize that due to COVID-19, people don't carry cash as frequently, but of course, we will still be accepting cash and coin donations,” she said.
Locations for the Boot Drive include:
Starbucks, London Drugs, Stir Coffee House, Save-On-Foods.
Rose and Crown Liquor Quicker, Thrifty Foods, Save-On-Foods.
Superstore, Starbucks (72nd and Scott Road), Starbucks (64th and Scott Road), Safeway, Annacis Island Tim Horton’s (Friday only).
DFDSC members will be recognizable in their turn-out coats.
If people are unable to donate during but still wish to support the DFCS fundraising efforts, they are welcome to do so online at: www.deltafirefighters.com.