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Eagle River coffee shop raises money for local fire department with 'Fill the Boot' campaign Submitted: 01/03/2018
Story By Allie Herrera

Eagle River coffee shop raises money for local fire department with 'Fill the Boot' campaign
EAGLE RIVER - A handful of Eagle River firefighters work day after day in the cold to build an ice castle most winters. Now, a local coffee shop wants to say thank you.

"It's important that we keep that community tradition alive and whether or not you're just visiting for a day or coming in for a week or you live here, it's really important to support our fire department," said Blend coffee shop owner Angela Anderson. 


Anderson also has family members working in the fire department.

"My husband's been on the fire department for 25 years," said Anderson. "My brother-in-law is also on the fire department. He's actually chief of the fire department and my father-in-law has been on the fire department for our 40 years."

Anderson said last year, their 'Fill the Boot' campaign raised almost $500. She hopes to double that amount this year. 

The boot will be displayed at the register until the end of the ice castle season.



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