POINT PLEASANT — A local non-profit organization is collecting shoes for local grade school students who are in need.
The Kitchen Table’s “Sole Food” program returns for a second holiday season as a way to provide new shoes for those grade school children throughout Mason County. All schools are welcome to participate and should provide the volunteers with shoe sizes labeled boy or girl. Last year the organization collected 200 pairs of new shoes, complete with a pair of new socks, distributing them to children to begin the new year.
The Kitchen Table is making it easy for those who wish to donate shoes, socks and monetary donations for the drive by collecting donations at the annual Point Pleasant Christmas Parade at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1. Volunteers will be walking in the parade to collect donations and a collection point will be set up during the parade on Main Street near the Handley Law Office.
The Kitchen Table volunteers are asking individuals, clubs, businesses, churches and organizations to aid them in helping these children. They will be taking donations of shoes or monetary donations until Dec. 1 as they will need the shoes to be wrapped, labeled, and delivered to the schools before Christmas break.
The Kitchen Table has been helping those in need throughout Mason County since February 2016. Women within the county began the organization by serving free meals out of The Meeting House to people in the community. Though they are no longer partnered with The Meeting House, they now have partnership with the Pleasant Valley Hospital Auxiliary.
The volunteers of The Kitchen Table continue to serve the community with not only free meals, but also host community cook-outs and giveaways.
For any questions or concerns regarding Sole Food or The Kitchen Table please contact Angela Yates (304) 593-3337 or Andrea Justus (304) 674-5689. The group can also be found, and reached, on Facebook.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.