More than 1,700 pairs of shoes were donated by members of the Richardson community during the three-week “Gathering Soles for NETWORK” shoe drive, coordinated by the NETWORK of Community Ministries in partnership with the City of Richardson. Representatives from partner agencies today celebrated the conclusion of the campaign, which ran Nov. 1-21.
The “Gathering Soles for NETWORK” shoe drive was held in conjunction with “Ask Not…the Dallas County Day of Service,” which is bringing communities throughout Dallas County together to honor the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy during the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his death.
Shoes for both children and adults were collected at nearly 100 locations throughout Richardson, including at most City facilities. Other sponsors of the Shoe Drive included: Methodist Richardson Medical Center; Texas Instruments; Richland College; Richardson Girl Scout Troops 2120, 2477 and 9409; and the University of Texas at Dallas Office of Student Volunteerism. Each of the partner agencies also placed bins at their facilities to collect shoes.
The donated shoes will be distributed to families through the Richardson-North Dallas Family Clothing Center, operated by NETWORK. Through the program, impoverished families are able, at no cost, to select clothing and shoes.
NETWORK of Community Ministries, founded in 1985, serves families and individuals in Richardson and the surrounding areas of Dallas County, including parts of Dallas and Garland. More than 46,000 individuals receive assistance each year.
About the City of Richardson
The City of Richardson is widely recognized for its commitment to excellence, its rich history and its bright future, all of which make Richardson a smart choice for residents and businesses. Known globally for its high-tech business leadership, the City of Richardson also offers a high quality of life, diverse array of neighborhoods, convenient Metroplex location, multi-modal transportation infrastructure and outstanding City services. Richardson has been repeatedly recognized as one of the top places to live and work by the national media, and the City remains dedicated to continuous improvement, as well as to the principles of open government and two-way communications with residents. To learn more, visit www.cor.net.
About NETWORK of Community Ministries
NETWORK is a non-denominational, community-based organization based in Richardson, Texas and has a service area encompassing fourteen zip codes in Dallas County. The agency responds to needs by giving assistance with the goal of helping individuals achieve long-term independence. Its mission is “caring, coaching and empowering neighbors in need as they seek an improved quality of life.” The organization was founded in 1985, and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.
About “Ask Not… the Dallas County Day of Service.”
“Ask Not… the Dallas County Day of Service” was launched by the Office of the Dallas County Judge on February 1, 2013 and encourages all Dallas County municipalities to organize, implement, and perform service projects in their respective areas on Thursday, November 21, 2013, that honor the life and legacy of President Kennedy and highlight the strength and diversity of Dallas County.