ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Preparations for an annual event helping kids lace up a new pair of shoes are underway.
Several bins of shoes were being loaded on a truck from Eastside Community Ministry to take to the Civic League Community Center on Jackson Street. The shoes will then be unloaded and organized at the Center. There were more than 1,500 pairs of shoes collected for the Lace Up For Kids campaign this year. Zanesville High School football players were assisting with the loading of the truck to do their part.
“We’ve always done this. We feel like it’s our mission to help out our community and make Zanesville a better community altogether,” said Zanesville High School Football Player, Ben Everson.
A thousand kids are expected to come through and pick out the shoes that interest them the most, are in their size, and wear them for the new school year. Co-chair for Lace Up For Kids, Sue Thuma said as soon as the 31st annual Lace Up For Kids event wraps up, they already start collecting shoe donations for next year’s Lace Up For Kids.
“It takes a lot of people volunteering to do that and a lot of people donating. And this community has always been extremely good to us and giving us what we need to be able to pull this off, it’s a big deal,” she said.
Lace Up For Kids is Thursday, August 8th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Civic League Community Center.