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Soles for Christ Shoe Program 2021

The COVID pandemic has created a challenge for this year’s Soles for Christ shoe distribution. Agency staff has explored many options for the 2021 distribution and has determined an open distribution format will still be the most productive format to provide parents the best opportunity to obtain shoes for their children. However, several cautionary steps will be taken to curtail COVID-related concerns.

Traditionally, the program is held at the agency; however, the space does not allow for proper social distancing. Therefore, the agency is moving the distribution to the St Joseph Civic Arena, 100 N 4th St. Distribution will be spread out over three days from Tuesday, August 17 to Thursday, August 19, to ensure that all children are served. Hours of distribution will be:

Tuesday: 8 am to 4 pm
Wednesday: 8 am to 6 pm
Thursday: 8 am to 1 pm

Parents need to bring:

  • Their children with them
  • One form of ID for each child to show their age (school identification, report card, birth certificate, any document that proves the child’s birthday)
  • One document to prove residency (utility bill, mortgage statement)
  • Preschoolers (4 yrs and older) must have proof of enrollment in a preschool

All participants, including parents AND children, are required to wear a mask for the duration of their time at the Civic Arena. Only ONE parent per household will be allowed into the fitting area with the children.

The goal of the program is to boost the child’s self-esteem and enthusiasm for the coming school year. It also provides parents with some monetary relief in covering the initial expenses associated with the new school year. Since its inception in 2003, the program has distributed 14,885 pairs of shoes. Last year, 1,120 pairs of shoes with a value of $28,000 were distributed. In 2020, the distribution event was canceled because of COVID. Despite the cancellation, 53 area households were served, with 114 children receiving a pair of shoes, at a total value of $2,850.

For other questions, please contact AFL-CIO Community Services Agency, 364-1131.