Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

September 10, 2013

Shoes for Orphan Souls

Rotary club will collect through October

ASHLAND — A pair of shoes can save a child’s life in certain parts of the world, while in Boyd County they can help ease a financial burden.

The Ashland Rotary Club is working to do both. Now through the end of October, the club aims to collect more than 500 pairs of new shoes to distribute internationally and locally.

Ed Neely, club president, said the group is joining others in the district to collect new sneakers and athletic shoes for the Shoes for Orphan Souls humanitarian aid project. The club was asked by its district president to collect three pairs for each of its 90 members, a total of 270 pairs, to distribute through the international charity.

Neely said the Ashland decided to collect an additional 270 pairs of shoes to distribute to families in Boyd County.

“The shoes are used for a little different purpose in the two areas,” Neely said. “With the  economic times in our area, people are looking for help clothing their children. In a Third World country, it is a health-care concern. Shoes can prevent diseases.”  

Beginning next week, Rotary will have drop-off locations throughout the city at various local banks and other businesses. Boxes will have the Rotary logo as well as information about the program. Shoes should be new, sneakers or athletic-type, in youth sizes 1 through adult 7.

A complete listing of drop-box locations will be available on the club’s Facebook page in the coming days. Half of the shoes will be distributed locally through various social services, with the other half through Shoes for Orphan Souls, a project of Buckner International.

The program has distributed more than 2.5 million pairs of new shoes in 74 countries since its inception in 1999.

CARRIE STAMBAUGH can be reached at (606) 326-2653 or cstambaugh@dailyindependent.com.

Text Only
Local News
  • News in brief, 07/31/14

    About 450 marijuana plants were confiscated during an eradication effort in Lawrence County on Tuesday.

    July 30, 2014

  • 0731facelift1.JPG Painters finishing up work at ACTC

    When Ashland Community and Technical College students return to campus Aug. 18, they will find fresh paint, clean windows and pressure-washed brickwork on the college’s original building on College Drive.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Night Moves on tap for First Friday

    A chance to enjoy an evening run through the streets of Ashland will be among the things to do during the First Friday ArtWalk and Downtown Live for August from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.

    July 30, 2014

  • Fairview school district being investigated

    State education investigators were scheduled to arrive in the Fairview school district this morning to interview school officials.

    July 30, 2014

  • Advisory committee on landfill to meet

    Members of the county’s new advisory committee regarding Big Run Landfill enforcement are encouraged to attend the group’s first meeting next week.
    Committee facilitator Mike Clevenger of Cannonsburg said the panel will meet the first Monday of each month, starting next week. For now, all meetings will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Boyd County Community Center.

    July 30, 2014

  • Highway dedicated in Morehead man’s name

    During Wednesday morning’s highway dedication ceremony for late airman Daniel N. Fannin, 30, of Morehead, the man was honored as a Kentucky hero for dedicating his life to the U.S. Air Force until his untimely death last year.

    July 30, 2014

  • Stumbo questions Noah’s Ark incentives, backs off on expanded gambling

    Democratic Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo on Wednesday questioned the constitutionality of state incentives for a Noah’s Ark tourist attraction in Grant County.

    July 30, 2014

  • Night Moves for First Friday

    A chance to enjoy an evening run through the streets of Ashland will be among the things to do during the First Friday ArtWalk and Downtown Live for August in downtown Ashland from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.

    July 30, 2014

  • ‘Arts in the Vines’ will be in conjunction with U.S. 60 Yard Sale

    Offering a different taste of life in Carter County, the owners of RockSprings Winery are inviting locals and visitors to the U.S. 60 Yard Sale to spend some time in their vineyards during the first “Arts in the Vines” from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday.

    July 30, 2014

  • Grimes zeroes in on women’s issues with latest ad

    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is out with a third television ad posing questions from Grimes’ supporters to Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

    July 30, 2014