Jerry Estepp, left, and Chris Addington set up a sign along Highway 23 in Weber City promoting the Scott County Rotary Club’s annual Shoe Fund Drive. Photo by David Grace.
WEBER CITY — The Scott County Rotary Club has kicked off its annual Shoe Fund Drive with the goal of providing nearly 600 underprivileged students with new footwear for Christmas.
Now in its 24th year, the Shoe Fund Drive uses donations both large and small to purchase hundreds of pairs of shoes and several thousand pairs of socks for less fortunate students in all of Scott County’s 14 schools.
The Rotary’s goal for this year’s drive is to raise at least $16,500 for its Shoes, Clothing and Educational Fund, Shoe Fund Chairman Chris Kimbler said.
“It takes a lot of time and effort, but in the end it makes you feel good to know that you’ve helped,” Kimbler said. “And the people that donate the money, they just don’t know how much we appreciate that and how much the kids appreciate that.”
Kimbler said the Rotary uses the money to purchase shoes from Payless Shoes in Kingsport, with which it has partnered on the project for the past several years.For an expanded version of this article, please see Sunday’s print edition or our expanded electronic edition.