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Shoe Bank to give shoes, boots on Nov. 20

PHOTO PROVIDED Sunbeams fall on a few of the girls’ boots available in the Lock Haven Area Shoe Bank’s new Boot Room.

LOCK HAVEN — It’s open! The new “Boot Room” at Lock Haven Area Shoe Bank opened this month, with free new boots in a variety of sizes and styles for eligible kids and teens.

The Boot Room and the Shoe Room will be open by appointment on Saturday, Nov. 20 from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. Both are inside Covenant United Methodist Church, 44 W. Main St., Lock Haven.

Many brand-new hats, mittens and scarves are now available. They have been donated by Bald Eagle United Presbyterian Church’s Prayer Shawl Ministry, among others.

Free socks and free books are always given, and kids and teens may choose a toy or gift to celebrate the Shoe Bank’s 15th year.

The Shoe Bank has footwear for tiny feet all the way through big teen sizes. Children and teens up to age 18 are eligible if they live in Clinton County or the Liberty-Curtin School area, and have their PA Access card, CHIP insurance card, or similar insurance card. If they do not have any of these cards, they may be referred by a school or agency.

All kids and youth who are eligible for the program may choose one pair of boots for the winter, even if it is not their month to receive new shoes. Kids and teens new to the program are welcome too.

COVID-19 safety procedures continue. Everyone must wear a mask, and temperatures will be taken at the door. The restrooms and water fountains remain closed.

Appointments will be scheduled every 15 minutes depending on the size of the family.

To book your time slot, call or text Diahann at 814-571-5324 (Monday-Friday 7-9 p.m.). Please state if you are new to the program, how many boys and girls are coming, and if there are any special requests or needs. And please let Diahann know if you need to cancel.

Families who are unable to call or text ahead of time may still do so the morning of Nov. 20, the day the Shoe Bank is open, to see if a cancellation has opened up a time slot.

Please arrive five minutes early to keep your appointment. If you are late, you will have to reschedule.

Anyone who knows a family who can benefit from this service is encouraged to pass the word along. For more information about the Shoe Bank or becoming a volunteer, contact Diahann at 814-571-5324, or email lhasb@outlook.com, or find us on Facebook.

The Shoe Bank relies solely on grants and donations. Funding is provided by the Clinton County Community Foundation, the John B. Hoy, Jr. Memorial Charity Golf Tournament, other grant agencies, civic groups, churches, individuals, and donors like you.

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