To meet this need, the Scott County Rotary Club launched its annual shoe fund drive on Friday morning. Since it first began in 1990, the drive has grown to provide shoes and socks for hundreds of children in each of the county’s schools, all thanks to community donations.
“Most of the people that donate to the cause are people that have lived in Scott County,” said Chris Kimbler, chairman of the shoe fund drive. “We get checks from Texas, California. People that have lived here and moved away send back money, because they know how hard it is coming up in Scott County in a rural area.”
A lofty goal
Last year, the club raised enough money to purchase about 480 pairs of shoes, Kimbler said. Combined with the club’s back-to-school program, which provided 220 pairs of shoes to children last year, around 700 pairs of shoes were purchased and donated.
This year, the club would like to meet or exceed last year’s total. Students in need will each receive one pair of shoes and three pairs of socks, to be delivered to the schools in December.
“There are 14 schools altogether, with Head Start, that we supply shoes and socks to, so it’s a pretty good-sized undertaking,” Kimbler said. “If it wasn’t for the people outside, it would be hard to do it. We appreciate all the help, and anything is welcome.”
How to help
Donations can be mailed to Children’s Shoe Fund, c/o Rotary Club of Scott County, P.O. Box 728, Gate City, VA 24251. They can also be dropped off at Addington Oil in Weber City or made via the “Rotary Club of Scott County Virginia” Facebook page.
“The children of Scott County are going to be helped with the shoes and the socks,” said Wayne McClelland, president of the Scott County Rotary Club, “and how can we refuse to help children?”