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Putnam Shoes For Children kicks off 2019 spring campaign

May 2, 2019

Putnam Shoes For Children is beginning the spring 2019 School Year Campaign and we need your help!

We purchase new quality shoes for the children of need in Putnam County.

There are over 1,543 children of need in the pre-kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms in Putnam County alone, and the need continues to increase.

These children must attend school whether they have proper fitting shoes or not. Most of the children’s families must choose whether to buy food or shoes, so you know the shoes will not be purchased. Putnam Shoes For Children is thankful that we can help alleviate a little of the parents’ burden by providing shoes for their children.

Unfortunately, our budget does not allow us to help all children in need, so we ask the school counselors to give us a list of the neediest children in their schools. Our school counselors are to be saluted for the time and work that they volunteer to help make our organization reach the children in need.

Putnam Shoes For Children began in 2015 and began purchasing shoes in 2016.

Due to the generous support of people such as yourself, over 820 pairs of quality, new shoes have been purchased for the children of need in Putnam County in the last three years. The 2018-19 school year alone, with your donations, we were able to purchase 458 pairs of shoes.

All shoes are purchased at Dick’s Sporting Goods and Shoe Carnival at the Huntington Mall who partner with us. We are a 501© (3) organization and 100 percent of the monies donated goes directly to purchasing shoes and socks for the children. It is through your generosity and support that the children of need will be able to focus on their studies rather than their circumstances.

You can make a difference in these children’s lives! Donations can be mailed to Putnam Shoes For Children, PO Box 1050, Hurricane, WV 25526. If your employer has an incentive matching fund program, please consider adding “Teays Valley Community in Action, Inc, dba Putnam Shoes For Children” to your list of contributions. You can also donate on our Facebook page: Putnam Shoes For Children.

By viewing our Facebook page, you can find additional information about our organization, read the thank you letters from some of the children, view pictures of our work, read media articles, and/or contact us! We welcome volunteers to help us!

We would like to thank a few of our sponsors: Toyota Motor Manufacturing WV Inc, Family First Realty, Mountain State Oral & Facial Surgery, Catholic Church of the Ascension, and Sowers and Company, A.C..

Putnam Shoes for Children founder Debbie Pye can be reached at 304-993-4798 or msdeborahpye@gmail.com.