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Escalon’s Fill The Boot Returns This Weekend
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Jennifer Cannon pours money from turnout boots into a collection bucket at a previous Fill the Boot drive to benefit the Firefighters Burn Institute. Times File Photo

After a two-year hiatus due to restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Escalon firefighters will be back out with their turnout boots this weekend, collecting money for a good cause.

The Fill the Boot for Burns program raises money for the Firefighters Burn Institute, which in turn uses the funds for a variety of its programs and services, including burn care and community outreach.

Escalon residents and those passing through the community will see the firefighters stationed at the main intersection, where Highway 120, McHenry Avenue and Escalon Avenue meet. They will have their turnout boots and will collect any type of donation, whether it is coins, paper bills or checks. All money donated goes to the Firefighters Burn Institute.

Crews of firefighters will collect both days, Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

They are hoping for a successful event, after not being able to support the institute through the collection effort the past two years. The last Fill the Boot in Escalon was conducted in 2019.

Firefighters do provide a flyer for drivers to place on their dashboard after they donate, so it can be displayed and they won’t be asked to donate again if they pass through the intersection more than one time during the weekend.

For additional information about the program, contact the fire department at 209-838-7500.