Babylon Town firefighters from near and far headed out to busy intersections on Saturday morning, asking drivers to make a donation to the Fire Chiefs' Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.
The "blitz" campaign, which included firefighters from nearly every department in the town, took place at busy intersections, such as Montauk Highway and Great East Neck Road in West Babylon and Spielhagen and Wellwood Avenue in North Lindenhurst.
While cars were stopped at red lights, firefighters asked drivers and passengers to "help fill the boot" – literally offering their fire equipment boot – to help town residents still reeling from the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in October.
“The idea of this is to help the storm-ravaged people of the Town of Babylon,” Babylon Fire Chiefs' Assocation President Jim Harrington told Newsday. “We don’t just stop because there’s no fire or no emergency; we help the community day in and day out.”
The campaign was heralded as a success by the association, which said it raised over $40,000 for affected families throughout Babylon Town.