Helping Hands of St. Louis Hosts Drive-Up Walk-Up Shoe Fest Aug.1

TOLEDO—This year, Helping Hands of St. Louis is hosting their 7th Annual Shoe Fest as a Drive-Up Walk-Up event due to Covid-19 Saturday, August 1, from 9 a.m. – Noon at 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH.

Guests in vehicles will line-up on Euclid, entering off of Front Street, then turn right onto Sixth Street. Sixth Street will be one-way from Euclid to Starr during this event. Walk-ups will be served in the parking lot across the street from Helping Hands of St. Louis. Masks and social distancing are required of all guests served.

“Each year we’ve provided new shoes, socks and school supplies to over 500 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.”

Parents should double-check their children’s shoe sizes before they come, as shoes will not be exchanged. Over 500 pairs of new shoes are available, toddler size 10 through youth size 8, as well as a limited amount of school supplies and hygiene kits. First come, first served.

Donations of NEW athletic shoes and socks, toddler sizes 10 up to youth sizes 8 are still needed. 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 also welcomed.

Donations can be dropped off at the Helping Hands of St. Louis 2nd floor Office, 443 Sixth St., Toledo, OH, through Friday, July 31, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please clearly mark donations as “Shoe Fest.” Thank You!

Volunteers are also needed, adults and teens 16+ (must be accompanied by an adult). Everyone will have to fill out a health check form, have their temperature taken and wear masks.

Volunteers are needed Friday, July 31, from 9 a.m. until Noon and on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Please contact Byron Wynn, Volunteer Coordinator, or 419.214.4950. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support of Catholic Charities ministries! #TagandShare

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

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

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

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