Biloxi Fire Department Wins the Fill the Boot Challenge


It’s hard to imagine what it is like to walk a mile in a fireman’s shoes. Recently, fire departments along the Coast asked residents to fill their boots for a good cause.
This was all part of the Red Kettle Campaign for the Salvation Army. Multiple fire departments along the Coast participated in the Fill the Boot Challenge, seeing which group could raise the most money for one day outside of their neighborhood Walmart.
Biloxi Fire Department came in first place, raising over $900 for the Salvation Army. Biloxi Chief Joe Boney said, “We work for the community all year long. This kind of just shows the public that we’re out there also supporting other community leaders and service organizations.”
The D’iberville Police Department came in first place for the Salvation Army’s Coast Police Challenge for collecting the highest amount during the holiday campaign.

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Laurene Callander was born and raised in the small town of Branchburg, New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University and received her BA in Journalism and Media Studies with a minor in Entrepreneurship and earned a Sports Journalism Certificate. Even though she is from New Jersey, you can find her rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers during football season. Laurene worked at Rutgers Television Network where she hosted the University's live morning show "Wake Up Rutgers". During her senior year she interned at The Dr. Oz Show in the publicity department, and ended her college career with an internship at News 12 New Jersey. Laurene is excited to live in the South for the first time. When she is not at WXXV you can find her in the gym, by the pool, or exploring new places on the Gulf Coast.


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