Last minute shoe collection effort underway

Footwear for students in need

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Carlen Otts stacks new shoes on a table. The footwear will be provided to students in need. (Photo provided)

By Michael Pineda
Staff Writer

A last-minute effort is underway to collect shoes for students in need.

Community Helpers Organization and Quarter Campaign are attempting to collect 2,000 new pairs of shoes by Wednesday in support of the upcoming School Supply Drive on Aug. 6.

Janille Alincastre Otts, founder of the organization, said the person who typically brings the shoes was unable to do so, creating a void.

As of Thursday, 100 shoes had been collected. The United Methodist Church Garage Sale will donate some of its new shoes, and a collection effort has been scheduled for Saturday to bolster the supply.

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We call it Stuff my Spark with Shoes,” Otts said. “I am asking everyone on behalf of Community Helpers Organization and Quarter Campaign to assist Families in Need group, to donate a pair of shoes for families in need who signed up for backpacks and supplies.”

The event will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at 1213 S. 1st Street in Yukon.

My Chevy Spark will be very happy,” Otts said. “Not only is the tank full with fuel, it will also be filled with shoes to make a difference in our students’ lives this coming year.”

Otts said shoes must be new for donation. Those who cannot make the collection event can deliver to the address on another day or the Community Helper’s organization office at 300 S. Ranchwood, Suite 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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