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Scott Rotary Club seeking donations for its Shoe Fund

Staff Report • Oct 22, 2012 at 9:23 AM

The Rotary Club of Scott County this week began its 23rd of soliciting donations from local residents, churches, organizations and businesses in order to purchase warm shoes and socks for deserving schoolchildren enrolled in Scott County Public Schools.

This year the club expects the demand from the schools to increase over last year. Officials plan to purchase 575 pairs of shoes and 1,725 pairs of socks. Students enrolled in all Scott County Schools including the Head Start program are served by the organization. Shoes and socks will be delivered the first week of December, weather permitting.

“This is a big undertaking, and the club will need a lot of support from the community to reach its goal of $16500,” said Chris Kimbler, Shoe Fund committee chairman.

Other members of the Shoe Fund Committee are Jim Addington, Leslie Gillenwater, Bob McConnell, Len Smith and Harold Willis.

For the past several years, the organization has teamed up with Payless Shoes in order to provide fashionable shoes at a reduced price.

“This arrangement has allowed us to use our generous contributions to purchase as many shoes as possible,” Kimbler said.

The Scott County Shoe Fund began in 1989 when club members bought 29 pairs of shoes they gave to deserving youngsters.

“We realized how great the need was and decided to take the project to the public in order that any child needing shoes would be served,” he said.

During the 23-year history of the Shoe Fund, more than 11,575 students have benefited from the program.

“Over the years the local community and many from beyond our county borders have contributed to this worthy program,” Kimbler stated.

Donations may be sent to Children’s Shoe Fund, c/o Rotary Club of Scott, P.O. Box 728, Gate City, Va. 24251.

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