Jamesport firefighter Joseph Szot Jr. collecting money for Hurricane Harvey victims during this morning's boot drive on Main Road in Jamesport.

(Updated: 1:28 p.m.) Jamesport firefighters raised over $6,000 for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in a boot drive on Main Road this morning.

Firefighters asked passing motorists to fill their boots with cash to help the tens of thousands of displaced Texans.

The boot drive was organized by the Jamesport Firemen’s Association, Jamesport Fire Chief John Andrejack said. A couple of dozen firefighters are taking turns with the collection in the area of the traffic light at South Jamesport Avenue.

Mindful of the East End’s vulnerability to hurricanes and nor’easters, the firefighters are taking the opportunity to raise awareness among residents by handing out FEMA readiness guides, Andrejack said.

“We were hit hard by Sandy, so we can relate to it and we thought we’d do something to help,” Jamesport Firemen’s Association president Nate Edington said.

The boot drive started at 9 and continued till noon, Edington said.

“People are being very generous,” he said.

The firefighters mostly did the collection when the traffic signal is red for Main Road motorists, Eddington said. 

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