Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, 9 a.m. to Noon
Upwards of 50 volunteers will spend the morning 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, balloons, games and children’s activities
will keep the youngsters occupied as they wait their turn.
Helping Hands Clothing Center will host a Sidewalk Clothing
Give-Away. The Locke Branch Library will also be
“Each year we’ve provided new shoes, socks and school
supplies to over 400 school-age children,” says Sue
Shrewsbery, Director of Helping Hands of St. Louis, noting
children must be present to be fitted for shoes. Available
sizes run Toddler size 10 through Youth size 6. First come,
first served. “We focus on East Toledo families, but no
child will be turned away, if we have their size shoe.”
Various area churches, service groups and businesses are
volunteering and many have donated new shoes and socks.
Toledo Zoo Teens is the largest volunteer group.
This year, 400 pairs of new shoes were purchased through
Samaritan's Feet from $1,700 raised from local children and
friends of Helping Hands of St. Louis and $4,000 raised by
the First Baptist Church in Ottawa, Illinois.
Hannah's Socks donated new socks. School supplies and
draw-string bags were donated by Buckeye Health, Herzing
University, and friends of Helping Hands of St. Louis.
“Books for Buddies” will be passing out new and gently-used
books for children. Health Partners will pass out healthy
snacks and water.
Sixth Street will be blocked off, but the parking lot across
the street is accessible.