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We posted a story the other day about how disaster relief organizations are mobilizing to help out victims of the Joplin Tornado; now it looks like nonprofits across the country are joining the effort as well. One such organization, the Dayton-Ohio based Shoes 4 the Shoeless, is starting a shoe drive for kids in Joplin, according to a story in The Dayton Daily News. The article explains how Bryce Stuckenschneider, a volunteer at the organization, received a call from Missouri state Senator Mike Kehoe asking if their group could send over shoes and socks for the kids in the ravaged town.
Kris Horlacher, founder and chairwoman of Shoes 4 the Shoeless, began calling local shoe stores soon after; and it turned out they were more than happy to contribute. One store, Roderer Shoe Center, donated $6,000 in shoelaces for children. Pretty soon, the materials to be donated expanded from shoes and socks to underwear, water bottles, personal hygiene products, and notes to survivors.
If you live in Dayton, and are interested in helping this cause, you can call (937)-985-1273. You can also read the full article by visiting The Dayton Daily News website.