Helping Hands of St. Louis 6th Annual Shoe Fest A Success!

TOLEDO—Over 70 volunteers spent their Saturday morning, August 10, 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, games and children’s activities kepts the youngsters occupied as they waited their turn.

“Each year we’ve provided new shoes, socks and school supplies to nearly 300 school-age children,” says Sue Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis. “This year we fitted over 500 children with shoes on Saturday and another 100 children on Monday!

“We focus on East Toledo families, but no child will be turned away, if we have their size shoe,” Shrewsbery adds, noting children must be present to be fitted for shoes. Available sizes run Toddler size 10 through Youth size 6. First come, first served.

Various areaIMG_6054 Closeup churches, service groups and businesses volunteered and many donated new shoes and socks.

This year, over 700 pairs of new shoes were donated, many purchased through Samaritan’s Feet, with money raised from friends of Helping Hands of St. Louis, local children and a donor from Illinois.

Hannah’s Socks donated 800 pairs of new socks. School supplies + bags were donated by friends of Helping Hands of St. Louis.

Sixth Street will be blocked off, but the parking lot across the street is accessible.

Individuals, churches, service groups and businesses interested in donating new shoes and socks or making financial contributions to are asked to please contact Susan Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis, at 419.691.0613, ext. 2; or email

Thank you in advance for your generosity and support of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo‘s ministries!

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