Shoe drive Oct. 27 will benefit those in need

October 18, 2011

Instead of the shoes off your feet, a partnership of three government agencies and a faith-based program wants the shoes you no longer put on your feet.

A shoe drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27, at 5 N. Main St. in Bel Air. It will be organized by the Harford County Department of Community Services, Office of Drug Control Policy, Juvenile Drug Court and Shoes 2 Share.

Shoes of any size, in any condition, and any style (except skates) will be collected to help those in dire need locally, domestically and around the world. New socks and shoelaces will also be accepted. If possible, please pair together shoes by using their laces, rubber bands, Velcro or bags to make sorting easier. Cash donations will be accepted to help Shoes 2 Share ship the shoes to their final destinations.

Shoes 2 Share is a charitable ministry seeking to make life more comfortable around the world through the donations of new and like-new shoes. Shoes 2 Share has a growing beneficiary list that includes international and domestic programs which receive these shoes so individuals are able to participate in school, church, sports, work or just have everyday footwear protection when they may otherwise have to go barefoot. For more information on Shoes 2 Share, visit http://www.shoes2share.org.

The Juvenile Drug Court is funded through the Harford County Department of Community Services, Office of Drug Control Policy, and is a free program to offenders involved with Juvenile Services and on probation. In years past, staff and participants at the Juvenile Drug Court have conducted many donation drives. The goal of conducting donation drives is to teach Juvenile Drug Court participants about giving back to the community and others in need around the world.

For more information on the Harford County Used & New Shoe Drive, contact Jennifer Hannibal at 410-420-3222, ext. 3 or jahannibal@harfordcountymd.gov.

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