MARINETTE — This summer you won’t be seeing firefighters at the corner of Hall Avenue and Hattie Street, asking motorists to toss money into one of their boots.

Instead, the longstanding program that benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association will take on a virtual identity.

“The COVID-19 situation caused us to take a different approach this year,” said Jason Lemire, a local firefighter, “and we think it will be a success. We usually raise about $20,000 per year from Fill the Boot and that remains our goal.”

The Facebook page for the City of Marinette Fire Department is home to a QR code and a link that instructs people how to donate. Thus far, about $1,000 has been raised, Lemire said.

Furthermore, several local businesses have stepped up to donate a portion of their sales. Last week, Dome Lanes participated, and yesterday Culver’s did so.

“We see it as a win-win,” Culver’s manager Amy Dion said. “We have a flyer in our drive-thru window so people know we’re all behind a good cause.”

On Wednesday, Hippo Subs will be contributing. On Aug. 24, 26 and 28 it’s the A&W Restaurant in Menominee, followed by all three Subway locations in Marinette between Aug. 31 and Sept. 7.

Meanwhile, next week the Fire Department is planning to install a donation drop box at the fire station, located at 1450 Main. St.

“We understand that not everyone has Internet access, so this will help with that,” Lemire said.

Former EagleHerald Staff Writer