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Hundreds showed up to get free shoes for school

Posted at 9:21 AM, Aug 27, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-01 18:00:20-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Students getting ready for the new school year can now go back with a brand new pair of shoes thanks to the Partnership of Churches and their 9th annual "New Shoes for back to School" Ministry.

Forming at Third St. Bethel AME in 2005, 712 pairs of shoes were given out but the Shoe Ministry soon outgrew the location and relocated to Second Baptist Church of South Richmond, 3300 Broad Rock Boulevard.

To date the New Shoes Ministry has given out over 65,00 pairs of new shoes to students, a partnership between churches, business and the community.

The shoe give-a-away starts at 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and shoes are given away until all sizes are gone, on Sept. 1.

Donations from Marshalls, Saxon Shoes, Walmart, Rugged Warehouse, Pepsi Cola, The Shoe Rack, Panera Bread, Bizport Printing, Target, Cobra I, SC and Steinmart and Saxon Shoes will work alongside the volunteers on the day of the shoe give-away.