Philanthropy — Newberg organization taking donations for second annual shoe giveaway in August

In 2012, members of a Newberg organization called The Roots clad more than 100 children with new shoes during an event in conjunction with a backpack giveaway by Love INC. But it wasn’t enough, organizers said, because more kids needed shoes than they had shoes to give away.

Organizers of the second annual shoe giveaway are determined to ensure that any kid that is in need of new shoes this year will get them. In fact, their goal is to provide shoes to 400 kids this year.

“At the shoe giveaway last year … we noticed children with shoes held together by duct tape or shoes that were two to three sizes too big,” said Shawn Anderson, volunteer leader for The Roots, a nondenominational church start-up that hasn’t begun holding services yet, but is serving the community through the shoe drive, free breakfasts on Sunday mornings and volunteer yard work. “There certainly was a need. The problem was that we didn’t have enough shoes — we had to turn away round 100 kids. We don’t want that to happen this year.”

To that end, the organization has slated a number of events to raise funds to buy shoes. The first is from 4 to 8 p.m. July 22 when the Newberg Burgerville store will donate a portion of its sales to the effort. It will continue with a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 2-3 at 501 N. Edwards St., a pool tournament from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at Lumpy’s Tavern in Dundee and a dinner and auction from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 22 at Memorial Park. Collection cans are also being deployed at local businesses and Anderson assured donors that 100 percent of their contributions go toward purchasing shoes, not administrative costs.

The shoe giveaway is scheduled for 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 24 at the Newberg School District office on Sixth Street. A DJ will be on hand and there will be face painting as well.

For more information, call shoe drive organizer Lisa Anderson at 503-801-004 or log on to the organization’s website at Donations of shoes may also be given via the website. Donations are also being accepted for the silent auction and the organization has a Facebook page at NewbergShoeDrive.

Shawn Anderson advised that the organization is not accepting used shoes, as it has done in the past.

“We did this last year and found that many of them were unusable,” he said. “We are purchasing new tennis shoes or similar; no flip-flops, sandals or boots.”

He added that the organization seeks out donations from shoe companies, as well as good sales, and sometimes gets price breaks from stores.

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