MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Monrovia Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) is asking the public to help them fill the boot, as well as support other small departments in the second annual Monrovia Fire Boot Drive on Saturday.

Firefighters from the MVFD will be collecting donations at the intersections of Jeff Road and Mt. Zion Road or the intersection of Wall Triana Highway and Capshaw Road. from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, July 23.

MVFD officials said boot drivers are a tradition in fire departments all around the country. Departments use the drives to raise awareness and funds for their own use, as well as other causes. Proceeds from the 2021 boot drive helped the department put a new medical response vehicle in service. For 2022, proceeds will support department operations and assist with purchasing new equipment.

The first edition raised close to $15,000, according to MVFD Captain Blake Mathis. This year’s event raised money for needed new equipment. Mathis told News 19 that the life-saving equipment they hope to get will make a big difference in the years to come.

“Volunteer fire departments show up at your home or an accident scene or where someone’s hurt, and having the appropriate training and equipment to hopefully save someone’s life or put them in a much better position than they were – the need to do that is extremely important,” he said.

You can donate in person at the two locations. Checks are accepted and should be made out to “Monrovia Volunteer Fire Department” and mailed to 345 Mt. Zion Road, Madison, AL 35757. Digital donations can also be made to the Department’s PayPal. MVFD is a 501(c)3 non-profit and all donations are tax-deductible.