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Glenview firefighters grateful for donations

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On August 24th, Glenview firefighters were on the street raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through our annual boot drive. MDA and the fire service have a long-standing relationship and we are proud to have the privilege of helping out.

In the last few years it has become personal to us, knowing we have a young man in our community who needs our help. He comes to the firehouse to see us and I'm told by his mom that he really enjoys his visits. What I don't think he knows but I hope someday realizes is that we enjoy seeing him just as much.

We are motivated by this young man in many ways, the boot drive being one of them. In order for it to be successful we need firefighters on the street holding boots. However, the most important part of our success comes from people that generously contribute by filling the boots. Without the public's help, we cannot raise the funds needed to help MDA.

I have been doing the boot drive for a long time. I saw some things last Friday that impressed me very much. In a day and age that people tend to drift further apart and not interact face to face, I saw a lot of people with smiles willing to help, ABT drivers, landscapers, business men and women, moms and dads to name a few.

This year what impressed me the most was the amount of Glenbrook South students who stopped to contribute on their way to school. In talking with the other firefighters working that day they all had the same thing to say regarding the students. The parents of these young men and women should be very proud of them. Their school should be very proud as well, knowing that Glenbrook South was very well represented Friday morning.

It's comforting to know there are people coming up who are willing to make a difference in someone else's life through a little sacrifice in theirs. Thank you to all who helped us raise over $4,900 for MDA. We greatly appreciate your generosity.

Mike Carnes

Glenview firefighter

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