Let Them Walk in Our Shoes project adopted by Ss. Peter and Paul School
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School is accepting gently used children's shoes which will be sent to Iraq. Helping with the shoe collection are, from left, Allison Romito, first grade; Benjamin Slaw and Ariana Dibuo, kindergarten; and Maxwell Wisler, first grade.
The boxes at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School are filling up quickly. The boxes are being used by the school to collect used children's shoes in conjunction with the Blue Ridge TV13's "Let Them Walk in Our Shoes" drive.
Through this program, gently used shoes, sizes infant to children size 5 are being collected. The shoes will be boxed up and sent overseas to Iraq, where they will put smiles on children's faces and help GIs do their job.
Some shoes will also go to help United States children in need.
The shoes will be picked up at the school by the National Guard. The deadline to drop off shoes at the school is Oct. 30.
"We've heard from the soldiers that they really like this program because when they enter an unknown town and see that the children are wearing shoes, they know the town has already been secured," said Ss. Peter and Paul principal Sherry Ambrose.
The program at Ss. Peter and Paul School is being coordinated by Linda Vella, first grade teacher; and Angie Degler, kindergarten teacher.
Last year Ss. Peter and Paul School collected the highest shoe/student ratio of almost three pairs per student.
"Our children here at Ss. Peter and Paul were very moved by the National Guard's stories," said Ambrose.
Ambrose said that the community is also invited to drop off shoes at the school from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"We're accepting shoes from the community because it may be easier to drop them here than at the Blue Ridge cable studio for some people," said Ambrose. "The shoes make such a difference that you may not realize," she said.
For additional information, call Mrs. Ambrose at (610) 377-4466.