New shoes that fit, and books to nurture young minds, will both be delivered to children who need them at Belle Haven Elementary School on Thursday, March 8 Friday, March 9 (this event was rescheduled to to weather closures). The Dayton Metro Library joins with Shoes 4 the Shoeless to deliver shoes, socks and books to students in need starting around 9:30 a.m. at Belle Haven, located at 4401 Free Pike in Dayton. Setup will begins in the gymnasium at 8:30 a.m.
Shoes 4 the Shoeless, Inc. is a local nonprofit that provides new, correctly fitting gym shoes and socks to Dayton area children in desperate need. Begun in 2010, Shoes 4 the Shoeless provides shoes to over 1000 children each month. The organization is always in need of both volunteers and donations.
Brielle Maynor, Miamisburg Branch Library manager, and Kim Bautz, Library Outreach Services Manager, both volunteer for Shoes 4 the Shoeless. Working together, they are coordinating the donation of 300 books weeded from the Library’s collection to the students at Belle Haven.
“The Library is always pleased to work with other organizations who are nurturing the youth of the community,” said Maynor.
“I’ve seen children’s faces light up when they get books of their own, and when they receive brand new shoes that fit,” said Bautz. “It’s incredibly rewarding.”
Kris Horlacher, Founder and Director of Shoes 4 the Shoeless, was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Library and serve the students at Belle Haven.
“In Montgomery County, 40.9% of children live in poverty,” she said. “The majority of them are in desperate need of shoes and socks. They sit in class wearing painfully small shoes, and it affects every aspect of their lives. These students will be so happy to get books as well. I’m glad to have connected with the Dayton Metro Library. Together we can make a real difference in the lives of these kids.”
For more information on the work of Shoes 4 the Shoeless, visit Shoes4theShoeless.org.