Volunteer firefighters go above and beyond to help children with life-threatening illnesses

Posted at 1:44 PM, Jan 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-06 13:45:21-05

Volunteer firefighters in Tonawanda are volunteering even more of their time to help children with life-threatening illnesses.

The Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Department has held several 'Fill the Boot' fundraisers over the course of about five years, raising more than $15,000 for Make-a-Wish Western New York.

"Firefighters by nature are always looking for ways to help the community, but we also have a platform that we can use. Not everyone can stand out on the corner and fill a boot," said Tom Yager, commissioner of the Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Department.

Firefighters have braved the cold, the wind and the rain for handfuls of change over the years. Despite the weather, Kenilworth has always been more than willing to help.

"It just goes to show their character," Yaeger tells us of his fire company, "at the end of the day, anything they can do to help, they're willing to do no matter what."

All the donations collected by Kenilworth Firefighters have gone to Make-a-Wish Western New York, helping hundreds of children in the area.

Make-a-Wish provides more than just vacations and experiences to children, they improve the quality of life for kids battling life-threatening diagnoses and give them the will to keep fighting.

You can contribute to Make-a-Wish's holiday battle here.