Neosho Crosslines Ministry’s Annual Shoe Drive will take a new direction this year.

Neosho Crosslines Ministry’s Annual Shoe Drive will take a new direction this year.

“We are partnering with the annual We Care Fair to be held in August,” said Renee Gillett, executive director of Crosslines. “Neosho Crosslines feels this is a positive direction to take for this annual event.  Normally the ministry served around 250 children each year, but this partnership will allow us to set a much higher goal.”

As far as what the main purpose of the shoe drive is, Gillett said it is intended to help area families.

“To allow families in our community who might not otherwise be able to afford shoes for their children to receive a pair of ‘new school shoes’ for each child in their family,” she said.

This year’s goal is for 800 pairs of “new shoes” and the event is open to residents in Newton and McDonald counties.

“There are seven locations (that) have agreed to place drop boxes in their place of business,” Gillett said. “All three Community Bank and Trust locations, both Boulevard Bank locations, the Newton County Courthouse and Goody’s department store. Drop boxes should be in place by Monday, May 20 and remain in place through mid July.”

Individuals who would like to make a monetary donation can also.

“Any monetary donations will be used to purchase new shoes to be given away at this event,” she said.

Make checks payable to Neosho Crosslines Ministry and mark “shoe drive” in the memo line. Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 123 Neosho, 64850 or brought to the Neosho Crosslines Distribution Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. For more information, call 389-2925.

No pre-registration is required for this event.

The shoe drive has been going on for a number of years. Gillett is pleased with the outcome and the participation from the public.

“As always it is the generosity of the local community that makes this event a success,” she said. “Neosho Crosslines is proud to be a part of a compassionate and giving community and we appreciate everyone’s part in making this a successful event.”