“There is definitely more enthusiasm this year on the part of local businesses, service groups and churches for gathering new footwear for orphans,” reported Keith Gombash, a local Shoes for Orphan Souls volunteer.
“We’re really excited to see First Baptist come on board as a drop location,” Gombash continued. “They’ve joined older partners, like North Cleveland Church of God. And we’re especially happy about businesses showing an eagerness to contribute.”
“Premier Tire is pitching in a pair of athletic shoes for every oil change,” he added, “and two pairs for each set of four tires.”
Georgia Gann, a senior vice president for Southern Heritage Bank, said the Cleveland Civitan Club, which has about 50 members, is once again collecting for this year’s drive.
When asked why Civitan chose the Shoes program, she said, “Because of what it does for the healing of the children. Shoes help protect them from all sorts of diseases. These shoes go to children who may never have had any before, never. At Civitan, we want to ‘give back.’”
Regionally, the Shoes For Orphan Souls project is sponsored by Chattanooga radio station WMBW, 88.9 FM.
Drop locations for new footwear in and around Cleveland are Baptist Association of Benton, Cherokee Pharmacy, the Cleveland Daily Banner, Community Hall Church, First Baptist, First Presbyterian, Gardeners Market, Goldman Chiropractic, Gray Epperson Mazda, Homestead Lawn & Tractor, Journey Church, Joy Christian Fellowship, Larry Hill Ford & Imports, Living Word Church, Lucky’s Bargain Barn, Lucky’s Feed & Farm, Morningside, New Liberty Baptist, North Cleveland Church of God, Ocoee Utilities, OK Tire, Premier Tire Service (all locations), Salon Bella, Shiloh Baptist, Shoe Show, Smyrna Baptist, Southern Heritage Bank (all locations), Spring Creek Apartments, Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union (both locations), Toyota of Cleveland, Washington Avenue Church, Westwood Baptist, Whirlpool (factory), White Wing Book Store and YMCA. Find out more at: www.shoesfororphansouls.org.