DCMS Supports Shoes 4 the Shoeless
Last week, seventeen members of Dayton Christian Middle School visited a school within the Dayton Public School System in order to fit underprivileged children with new shoes and socks through the Shoes 4 the Shoeless ministry.
Shoes 4 the Shoeless is a local, faith-based non-profit that last year alone provided 10,000 children with new shoes and socks to help eliminate one of poverty’s most visible stigmas. The group is on target to match that number again this year and DCMS is doing what it can to help. In addition to helping match kids to shoes, the middle school is gearing up to take part in a fundraising walk this weekend.
“We support Shoes 4 the Shoeless because it meets a physical need,” said DCMS Bible teacher Ryan Bostater, “but it also allows Bibles to be distributed to those students and families who request them.”
Here are some Shoes 4 the Shoeless fast facts from DC mom and 2016 Shoeless Walk 4 Kids coordinator Jenny Rapson:
- In Montgomery County, 40.9% of children live in poverty.
- 100% of the proceeds to Shoes to the Shoeless stays in the Dayton area to help local kids.
- There is no other agency (non-profit or government) that provides this service.
- If parents check “yes” on the permission form, a New Testament will be given to the child along with his new sneakers and socks.
All of our DCMS 8th graders are scheduled to visit another public school next month to hand out shoes. In addition, DCMS has raised over $2000 for the ministry in the past months, Students and faculty will be participating in the 2016 Shoeless Walk 4 Kids and they invite the entire DCS community to join them.
“The 2016 Shoeless Walk 4 Kids will be a great morning of family fun and fundraising!” said Rapson. “Please join us at the Dayton Mall Center Court near JC Penney. This fun, non-competitive walk will raise funds for Shoes4theShoeless and help us put brand new shoes and socks on the beautiful feet of kids in need here in Dayton. Last year, we raised over $30,000 and we want to break that goal wide open again this year!”
The walk will take place starting at 9 a.m. (registration opens at 8:00 a.m.) in the center court of the Dayton Mall on Saturday November 19, 2016. You can register as an individual or a team, and registration is free.