The Shoes for Christmas tradition is a long standing one with The Daily Home and its readers, dating as far back as present day employees can recall.
“Countless pairs of shoes have been bought with the money donated by the people of Talladega and St. Clair counties,” said Ed Fowler, editor and publisher for The Daily Home. “It’s a remarkable success story every year. Last year, while our communities were still recovering from the recession, more than $8,000 was raised.”
Children who are identified as in need of new shoes by the Daily Home’s coordinating entities, SAFE (the Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement) in south Talladega County, FIRST Family Services in north Talladega County and Refuge Ministries in St. Clair County, will receive a $25 certificate for new shoes.
The number of pairs of shoes provided each year depends on the total gifts received for each area.
For the final week, donations made from Childersburg include $25, anonymous; and $50 from Daily Home employees.
Donations to the fund made from Pell City and St. Clair County include $50 from Sandy Ponder in memory of Dwight Ponder; $50 from Daily Home employees; $40 from members of The Joy Club of New Hope Baptist Church in honor of Cheryl and Amos Morris, Jean and Arlin Parsons and Jeanette Binford; $300 from First United Methodist Church Christian Outreach; and $1,000, anonymous.
Donations made from Sylacauga include $25 from the Oldfield United Methodist Women; $50 from William Scott in memory of Roy Hassett; $35 from Jerry Snyder in memory of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Snyder and Mr. W. H. Bussie; $100 from Harryett J. Jackson; $50, anonymous; $105 from members of the Divine Divas Social and Savings Club in memory of Deborah Faye Pope Stockdale; $50 from Gene and Nelda Watson in memory of Walter and Ella Carver, Juanita Watson and their parents; $50 from Daily Home employees; and $100 from the Fayetteville United Methodist Women.
Donations to the fund made in Talladega this week include $30 from Ann G. McKinney in memory of Zack Grogan; members of the Mu Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. in memory of Mrs. Juanita B. Strickland, Mrs. Patricia H. Tubbs and Mrs. Bernice B. Kidd, $200; $250, anonymous; $25, anonymous; $50, Daily Home employees; $25 from Mickey Stringfellow in memory of Terry and Al Stringfellow; $25 from Donald Silmon in memory of Donald Jow Silmon Jr.; $20, anonymous; $50, anonymous; $300 from members of Mt. Ida Baptist Church; $50, anonymous; $25 from Genie and Payton Parker in memory of Brooke Parker; $20 from Lee and Lorraine in memory of their fathers; and $500 from the Rushing Springs District Missionary.