2011 Day of Remembrance Shoes and Socks Drive

In tribute to those who were lost and the tens of thousands who rose in service the Citrus County Commission’s Nature Coast Volunteer Center (NCVC) Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and the Friends of the NCVC are sponsoring the “Two Good Soles” drive, collecting new shoes and socks for children in need through September 9th.

 The growing unemployment rate inCitrusCountyis currently estimated at over 18%. More and more families are in need of assistance from social service agencies and this project aids in their ability to meet these needs. Last year the project provided 2,470 pairs of NEW shoes and socks to these organizations. The project was recognized by Citrus District School System with an award for success of the project and their ability to provide students in need with a new pair of shoes and socks. This year’s goal is to collect over 2,500 pairs and collection efforts have been expanded.

 Collection boxes will be decorated with in patriotic colors and placed at over 30 public locations throughoutCitrusCounty. In addition teen volunteers will be collecting shoes at local department stores on August 13. Also there will be a “Shoes and Socks Hop” where citizens are invited to come and dance and enjoy refreshments during a 50’s themed event. Admission will be a pair of new shoes and socks. All events will be forwarded to local media in public service announcements, flyers will be posted and NCVC newsletters and websites will include event information.

 Distribution of the shoes and socks to charitable organizations will be held on September 9th during a ceremony dedicating the efforts of volunteers in memory of those who served and perished in the aftermath of September 11, 2001. During the ceremony the pledge of allegiance will be recited and moment of silence will be shared to honor those lost in the attacks. County dignitaries will share how the tragedy personally affected them and reflect on how the project brings community members together to help others in need. All non-profit organizations that will be receiving the donations will have a representative to collect the donations and be invited to share a story of the impact social service has on our community. The local newspaper and TV stations will be requested to attend the event to commemorate awareness of the project and to remember those that were affected in the tragedy.

 Approximately 30 volunteers will be needed to serve over 120 hours to support collection and distribution activities associated with the project.