Helping Hands of St. Louis Holds 5th Annual Shoe Fest
TOLEDO— Upwards of 50 volunteers will spend the morning at Helping Hands of St. Louis, 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH, washing children’s feet and fitting them with new shoes and socks to get their new school year off on the right foot. Face painting, balloons, games and children’s activities will keep the youngsters occupied as they wait their turn. Helping Hands Clothing Center will host a Sidewalk Clothing Give-Away. The Locke Branch Library will also be represented. “Each year we’ve provided new shoes, socks and school supplies to over 400 school-age children,” says Sue Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis, noting children must be present to be fitted for shoes. Available sizes run Toddler size 10 through Youth size 6. First come, first served. “We focus on East Toledo families, but no child will be turned away, if we have their size shoe.” Various area churches, service groups and businesses are volunteering and many have donated new shoes and socks. Toledo Zoo Teens is the largest volunteer group. This year, 400 pairs of new shoes were purchased through Samaritan's Feet from $1,700 raised from local children and friends of Helping Hands of St. Louis and $4,000 raised by the First Baptist Church in Ottawa, Illinois. Hannah's Socks donated new socks. School supplies and draw-string bags were donated by Buckeye Health, Herzing University, and friends of Helping Hands of St. Louis. “Books for Buddies” will be passing out new and gently-used books for children. Health Partners will pass out healthy snacks and water. Sixth Street will be blocked off, but the parking lot across the street is accessible.