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Shoe the Love


Rena Harris has organized a shoe drive in Manning after noticing a need for shoes in the community. The shoes collected are given a second chance with those in need. 

Harris describes what inspired her by saying, "It was my birthday. I had some money so I went to the mall. I found buy one, get 1/2 off the other pair of tennis shoes. I took the bus back to town and sat waiting on the bench for my bus to go home. A young lady walked over to the bench and asked if I was waiting for the bus. I proceeded to tell her yes, and asked her how she was doing. I guess you know where I am going. She began weeping and sharing where she was with her life. Looking down at her feet I noticed her tennis shoes were wrapped in tape. I then asked her what size shoe she wore. Immediately I handed her the bag and told her to take a pair, with a pair of footies too. Weeping harder, she started dancing around saying that no one has ever just given her something.. I never saw her again. I say this: She had shoes that were complete in their journey. What shoes do you have, children or adults that still have more walking left to do...that you can give?"

All gently worn or new shoes that are clean and in good condition will be accepted. Please bind the pairs of shoes together with their shoe strings. The drop off location is 15 W Huggins Street in Manning from 12 p.m.-7 p.m. on the following dates:
Dec. 31, Jany. 7 and 21, Feb. 4 and 18, and March 4th. Donations can also be dropped off anytime at The Manning Times office  East Boyce Street, Manning. For more information call 803-410-1425.


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