The shoes piled on Mary Erwin Barr’s desk are falling apart. Some have holes worn though the soles, others are held together with glue or duct tape.
“These are all shoes that were worn by children to school,” said Barr, the director of the nonprofit Communities in Schools of Greater Central Texas. “It’s a wonder they were even able to keep them on their feet.”
Beginning Saturday, Communities in Schools will hold its fifth annual “Shoes 4 Kids Drive,” an event encouraging members of the community to donate new shoes for children in need.
“Often these children come from families that have to make tough decisions, like whether to pay rent or buy food,” said Barr. “So they have to go without other necessities, like shoes.”
Barr estimated that at least 2,000 area students would need new shoes this year.
She said donations for high school and middle school students, who often outgrow their shoes quickly, are in high need.
The drive will run Saturday through Dec. 15.
Similar to last year, new pairs of shoes for children in elementary, middle and high school, or monetary donations, can be dropped off at the Communities in Schools office, or at Schlotzsky’s locations in Killeen, Harker Heights, Copperas Cove, Temple and Belton.
Donations also can be dropped off at First National Bank branch locations in Killeen, Harker Heights and Copperas Cove and at four Union State Bank branch locations in Killeen and Florence.
“We are very grateful to have First National and Union State joining us this year,” said Michael Dewees, CIS director of development.
CIS serves seven school districts in the Central Texas area, including those in Killeen, Copperas Cove, Belton, Temple, Florence, Salado and Cameron. Last year, the organization provided about 6,300 students with more than 202,000 services, including providing items of clothing and shoes.
New shoes and cash donations for CIS “Shoes 4 Kids Drive” can be dropped off at the following locations:
Communities in Schools of Greater Central Texas Office
4520 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 106, Killeen
902 W. Central Texas Expressway, Killeen
103 W. Central Texas Expressway, Harker Heights
1012 E. Second Ave., Belton
2668 S. 31st St., Temple
Cove Terrace location, Copperas Cove
First National Bank
2201 Trimmier Road, Killeen
507 N. Gray St., Killeen
1002 N. 38th St, Killeen
4304 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite B, Killeen
201 E. Central Texas Expressway, No. 1600, Harker Heights
107 W. U.S. Highway 190, Copperas Cove
Union State Bank
120 N. Gray St., Killeen
345 E. Farm to Market 2410, Harker Heights
100 E. Main St., Florence