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Firefighters collect $9K in boot drive for Make-A-Wish Foundation

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 19 September 2020 at 4:54 pm

Photos by Ginny Kropf: Medina Fire Chief Matt Jackson stands next to a Medina fire truck during a boot drive in Medina to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

MEDINA – Holding a boot drive to benefit a charitable organization is an annual tradition for firefighters in the Western Battalion, which includes Medina, Ridgeway, Lyndonville, Shelby and East Shelby.

For several years the drive was done for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, but for the last few years, the drive has benefited the Make-a-Wish Foundation, said Medina Fire Chief Matt Jackson.

The group collected $9,000 today for Make-A-Wish, which topped last year’s amount by about $2,000, said Tim Petry, president of the Shelby Volunteer Fire Company.

He thanked the community for being generous, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Medina firefighter Lt. Jacob Crooks gets a donation from a driver at the four corners in downtown Medina Saturday morning, during a boot drive to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The fire companies joined efforts on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to conduct their book drive at the four corners in downtown Medina, Route 63 and Maple Ridge Road in Medina and Routes 63 and 104 in Ridgeway.

Jackson and Petry spearheaded efforts to have a boot drive.

“There’s nothing more important than making a difference in our kids’ lives,” Jackson said.

Georgia Thomas came running out of a store this morning to make a donation to Medina Fire Chief Matt Jackson.

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