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Shoes and Socks Drive a success
Shoes and Socks Drive a success

Citrus County, Florida-- In honor of the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, the Friends of the Nature Coast Volunteer Center and the RSVP Advisory Council sponsored “Two Good Soles”, a shoe and socks drive for children in Citrus County. Donations of new shoes and socks were collected around the county, including at Wal-Mart in Inverness, Payless Shoe Source in Inverness and Crystal River and the Crystal River Mall.

Approved by Congress in April of 2009, September 11 is now observed as “National Day of Service and Remembrance” and citizens are encouraged to participate in service activities that promote unity, compassion, and dedication to the American spirit that prevailed on September 11, 2001.

The Ceremony at the Citrus County Resource Center revealed over 3,655 new shoes and socks were collected, with donations still coming in. The supplies will be divided between the Citrus County Schools District Service Center, The PATH of Citrus County, Daystar Life Center, Citrus United Basket, CASA, Mission In Citrus shelter, and SPOT Family Center.

Present at the ceremony to pay tribute to those who died on 9/11, to those first responders who volunteered during the tragedy, and to those family members who continue to deal with the loss of loved ones were County Commissioner J.J. Kenney, Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Jim Goodworth, and Lt. Chris Evan with the Sheriff’s Office. They expressed how wonderful it was to see local citizens come together to help each other and how the American spirit cannot be conquered, but will continue to grow.

For more information about the shoes and socks drive or about the Nature Coast Volunteer Center, please call Laurie Diestler at 352-249-1276.

Written by 10 News intern Stefante Randall