Volunteers seek boots for homeless Money for 2,000 pairs was raised last year

November 25, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Boots for Baltimore is back for its 11th holiday season, a year after raising enough money to buy 2,000 pairs of boots for the homeless and working poor, mostly in Baltimore.

For every $25 donated, a needy person who has filled out an order at a homeless shelter will get a new pair of boots, sold at cost by Sunny's Surplus, and a pair of free socks donated by Sunny's.

"We worry about people saying, 'Oh, yeah, that thing again,' " Mary Bready, a volunteer, said yesterday. "But there's still a need. We need a little more money each year.

"It's depressing. Some of the same names are on the list for four or five years. They're still out there a permanent group of homeless people," Bready said.

Sherrill Nash and Suzanne Wills are the only volunteers from the original group that began Boots for Baltimore in 1987 at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.

They and six friends will have the boots distributed before and after Christmas to 30 different social agencies in the metropolitan area. The donations come equally from three sources: companies, friends and the church's parishioners.

Tax-deductible checks may be sent to Boots for Baltimore, 5603 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21210.

Pub Date: 11/25/97

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