Labor Day weekend always signals the end of summer for me. I decided to go to Oswego's Farmer's Market on Sunday since I had not had a chance to go. After buying a few things I stopped at Oswego's Village Grind and sat and read the local paper. One story caught my eye and I had to bring it to people's attention.
Oswego resident, Pat Gavros started a project which she announced in her blog on July 18th which for some reason I totaly missed. I don't know Pat personally but one of the people I ran into at the Village Grind told me that she is working really hard to make her vision come true. A pair of shoes for each person that lost their lives on 9/11.
As of September 2nd, there have been 2,016 shoes donated. So Pat still needs shoes. Gently worned shoes, all sizes and kinds which will be donated to area organizations. If they are really worned please don't drop them off. I know I have several pairs that are taking up space in my closet. I have avery difficult foot to find shoes for but I love shoes so I have been known to fall in love with a pair only to find out that there is no way I can actually wear them!
So if you live near Oswego, get the word out..bring us your weary, gently used shoes so that we can remember that day that will never be forgotten and all those that lost their lives just by going to work.
Here is a list of dropoff points:
Village Grind Coffee Shop - Main Street
Castle Bank - Orchard & Rt. 34
Oswego Community Bank - Madison Street
Ledger/Sentinel Newspaper - Main Street
Prairie Point - Grove & Plainfield Road
Savvy Fashions - Mason Square
Maurices Clothing Store (receive 20% off with shoe donation) near Bed, Bath and Beyond
River Heights Veterinarian Clinic - Route 34
Oswego Chiropractic - Van Buren Street
26 E. Washington St. (corner of Monroe & Washington) box is on porch.
Monetary donations will also be accepted to offset the cost of plaques, flyers and signage.
My hat goes off to Pat Gavros for an inspiring idea. UPDATE - GOAL HAS BEEN REACHED - NO MORE SHOES NEEDED!
tHANKS TO ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THIS EVENT!