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‘Cram a Cruiser’ with socks for children

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The City of Oakwood is calling on the community to help local children in need find properly fitting shoes and socks this winter.

According to a release from the City of Oakwood, the Oakwood Public Safety Department will park a cruiser at 30 Park Avenue on Friday, November 18 from noon to 6 p.m. This is where the community can come together to “stuff the cruiser” with colorful socks for kids from primary school age to wear with gym shoes.

This event is intended to support Shoes 4 the Shoeless, a Dayton-based project created to ensure children in southwestern Ohio have properly fitting sneakers and socks. The project started in 2010 and has since helped more than 100,000 children.

“In southwestern Ohio, an estimated 60% of children live in poverty,” the organization said on their website. “Most of them urgently need shoes and socks. Wearing ill-fitting and worn-out shoes often condemns children to physical, social and emotional problems that last a lifetime.”

If you can’t make it to Friday’s event, there are still many ways to get involved. More than 400 people volunteer for Shoes4 the Shoeless each month, the organization said, and many organize sock and shoe collections at their own businesses or organizations.

You can also donate money online or by mail, the website says. Shoes 4 the Shoeless says it only costs $30 to get a child a new pair of shoes and socks.

For more information about donating or volunteering, click here.

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