Residents in need will be able to put shoes on their feet. Home Sweet Home Ministries, partnered with OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, received over 3,500 shoes during their annual shoe drive. Home Sweet Home CEO Mary Ann Pullin says they are excited about this year's total. She says the values behind the shoe drive go back to its origin 11 years ago.
"The shoe drive got started by Dr. Snoeyink, who is a podiatrist, and obviously he's very interested in foot health," she says. "He recognized that people who are poor and homeless may not have an opportunity to buy shoes that fit them well and that are sturdy and will support them."
Pullin says residents at Home Sweet Home will get three pairs of shoes from the donations. She says the rest will go to the Salvation Army, Neville House, and other community members in need. She says they will also sell shoes at Mission Mart stores, and proceeds from the sales will help Home Sweet Home.
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