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“Finding My Shoes” to give shoes and sleeping bags to the homeless

December 9, 2009

Tomorrow the Mission will come together with St. Vincent de Paul and Brenda Combs of the Finding My Shoes Foundation to give out donated bedding, shoes and personal hygiene products to the homeless at the “Finding My Shoes” event. This will be the second outreach event organized by Brenda and will be held from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Health and Human Services Campus located at 230 South 12th Avenue in downtown Phoenix.

In addition to Brenda Combs, Carrie Stoudemire, mother of Phoenix Suns Amar’e Stoudemire and Former NFL great, Dave Kreig, will be onhand to help volunteers distribute the athletic shoes and bedrolls that have been collected over the past few months.

“The overwhelming success of our first event in September 2009 inspired me to reach out to our community and find a way to continue our cause to give to those that don’t have the means to provide for themselves right now,” said Brenda. “We greeted and talked with hundreds of men and women who lined up to get a warm cup of coffee, hot breakfast, take a shower and walk away with new personal care items and a pair of gently used shoes.  We could not wait another year to help the displaced, so we are hosting tomorrow’s event.”

Phoenix Rescue Mission collects blankets, jackets, warm socks, shoes, hats and gloves throughout the cold months to be given at outreach events and to those coming for shelter every night. According to the Mission’s Nicole Pena,

“Right now the downtown Mission is bursting at the seams. Some people complain of losing feeling in their fingers, being numb from the cold; others are walking in the cold temperatures without shoes. It’s very sad, it’s very heartbreaking.”

Which is why events like tomorrow’s are so needed.

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