Local shoe collection brings hopeful future for kids in need

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COLUMBIA - The Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association needs help to collect shoes for those in need.

CMFCAA needs around 8,000 more pairs of shoes to reach its goal of more than 13,000.

That number represent the 13,041 children in mid-Missouri who are in the foster care.

After all the shoes are collected, the second annual "Shoe in for Foster Care" campaign will hold a demonstration on the steps of the Capitol May 13, 2015.

"Putting those shoes along the Capitol lawn and steps really shows the impact of Missouri's abuse and neglect of children who end up in foster care," CMFCAA Executive Director DeAnna Alonso said.

Alonso said she hopes to bring attention to how meaningful each child's life is by lining up the 13,000 pairs of shoes.

"Someone has to give those kiddos the love and attention they deserve!" Alonso said.

Following the event, CMFCAA will gift the donated shoes to Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc.

Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc. will sell and donate the shoes to help fund the building of schools in Haiti and clean water programs in both Haiti and Kenya.

Shoes are being accepted between now and May 12, 2015 at the following StorageMart locations.

  • 2403 Rangeline, Columbia, MO
  • 2310 Paris Road, Columbia, MO
  • 4000 S. Providence Road, Columbia, MO
  • 3500 I-70 Drive Southeast, Columbia, MO
  • 2506 W. Worley Street, Columbia, MO
  • 2420 St. Mary's Boulevard, Jefferson City, MO

4,800 shoes were collected at last year's "Shoe in for Foster Care."