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Helping Hands of St. Louis Hosts 8th Annual Shoe Fest July 24

TOLEDO—Donations of NEW athletic shoes and socks, toddler size 10 up to youth size 8, and school supplies are needed to help kids start the new school year off on the right foot! Donations of children’s backpacks and school supplies such as paper, pencils, pens, markers, crayons, glue sticks, dry-erase markers, hand sanitizer, tissues and Ziploc bags are welcomed.

“Each year we’ve provided new shoes, socks and school supplies to more than 600 school-age children,” says Sue Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis. “We focus on East Toledo families, but no child will be turned away, if we have their size shoe. First come, first served.

“We are planning on holding this year’s event outside and are in need of a large tent, so we are looking for businesses, groups and churches interested in sponsoring the event,” she says. The 8th Annual Shoe Fest will be held Saturday, July 24, from 9 a.m. – Noon at 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event or donating items, please contact Sue Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis, sshrewsbery@toledodiocese.org or 419.691.0613, ext. 101.

Volunteers are also needed, adults and teens 16+ (must be accompanied by an adult). Volunteers are needed Friday, July 23, from 9 a.m. until Noon and on Saturday, July 24, from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Please contact Byron Wynn, Volunteer Coordinator, bwynn@toledodiocese.org or 419.214.4950.

Donations can be dropped off at Helping Hands 2nd floor Office, 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH, preferably by Thurs., July 15 for sorting, though they will be accepted through Fri., July 23. Please clearly mark donations as “Shoe Fest.” Thank You!

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

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