The Assemblies of God churches across North Carolina have been collecting brand new shoes to distribute to parents to help with the expense of back-to-school clothing.
Anyone with school-age children in need of new shoes is welcome to come the Macon County Fairgrounds August 20 from 9am to 12pm where the shoes will be distributed.
There will be entertainment for the kids, including a clown.
The concept for this drive originated in VA.
According to Brenda Angel of Cullasaja Assembly of God, “they are the parent of all this and they help other churches get similar programs started.”
The WNC Women's Evangelistic Ministry is overseeing the project in North Carolina. The program is called the “Soles2Souls Outreach Ministry.”
Cullasaja Assembly of God has been in charge of directing the local shoe drive.
“We have been collecting shoes since last October,” said Angel. This is the first time for a drive of this kind in Franklin, Angel explained, however, organizers are believing that, because of the economy at this time, there will be a good turnout to take advantage of the drive.
The shoes are on a first come, first serve basis, so Angel advises parents to come early. Distribution is limited to one pair of shoes per child.