In this time of giving and Christmas Spirit, the Monticello Firefighters Association would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas. You might also want to know one of the most important aspects of being a member of Monticello Firefighter Association is giving back to the community we serve. The Monticello Firefighters Association gives back to the local community several different ways. The firefighters coordinate or participate in the following events on an annual basis:
MFA Endowed Scholorship - Each year a University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) student receives a scholarship to help with education expenses. The members of MFA raised funds and donated themselves to establish the scholarship in 2019 after several years of fundraising.
Arkansas Children's Hospital Burn Center - Arkansas Children's Hospital is home to Arkansas' ONLY Burn Program. Founded in 1928, the Burn Program has been providing comprehensive, personal care to adult and pediatric patients. On average, the Burn Program admits over 400 patients a year and sees over 2250 outpatient visits. The Burn Center is a new collaboration for us and we pledge yearly financial support.
MDA Fill The Boot - after several years of hiatus since the pandemic, MFA will be bringing back a local favorite. Since 1954, fire fighters across the country have collected critical funds in the community – one dollar at a time – as part of the Fill the Boot program to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The partnership between MDA and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) began when the IAFF signed a proclamation designating MDA as its charity of choice, vowing to continue raising awareness and funds to ensure effective treatments and therapies are found. The dollars raised through Fill the Boot fund MDA’s mission of empowering people living with neuromuscular disease to live longer, more independent lives.
Angel Tree - 2023 is our first year in sponsoring two local youths from the Angel Tree. Members shop for the items requested to help make a child's Christmas special.
Some of the past donations have been given to The Call of Drew County, Monticello 2nd Chance fur Dogs, Bikes for Kids program in partnership with Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home, catering Thanksgiving meals for Annswood Retirement Community.
MFA also provided complimentary hotel rooms after community members lost home to fires.
We appreciate the community support and hope you have a prosperous New Year.