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Shoe Bank to open Dec. 5 and Dec. 12

PHOTO PROVIDED Free, new boots are available for eligible boys and young men at the Shoe Bank.

LOCK HAVEN — The Lock Haven Area Shoe Bank, located inside Covenant United Methodist Church, 44 W. Main St., Lock Haven, plans once again to be open two Saturdays in a row: Dec. 5 and Dec. 12.

Dec. 5 is a “boot day.” Only boots will be given that day, to children and teens who received shoes in recent months and aren’t scheduled to come in for another pair yet. On Dec. 12, both shoes and boots will be given, to families who need both.

Due to COVID-19, there are new procedures for coming to the Shoe Bank, to protect the families we serve as well as our volunteers. If anyone is ill, please stay home. The procedures are:

1. Everyone will be required to wear a mask. If you do not wear one, you will not be able to come into the church.

2. No walk-in families will be able to get shoes. Everyone needs an appointment.

PHOTO PROVIDED These are just a few of the free, new boots that were available when “boot season” started at the Lock Haven Area Shoe Bank.

3. Only two families at a time will be admitted to the Shoe Bank room. Appointments will be scheduled every 15 minutes depending on the size of the family. Appointment times are 11:00 a.m., 11:15, 11:30, 11:45, 12:00, 12:15, 12:30, 12:45, 1:00, 1:15, 1:30; 1:45, and 2:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call or text Diahann G. Claghorn 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.

4. Please arrive 5 minutes early to keep your appointment. If you are late for your scheduled time, you will have to reschedule.

5. There will be no activities for children in the hallway. The waiting time should be short, with only one or two families waiting at a time. The water fountain and bathrooms are closed.

6. The volunteers follow all CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines by cleaning and sanitizing after each family has left so everyone is safe.

If the local COVID-19 rate continues to increase, the December dates will be canceled and anyone with an appointment will be notified.

The Lock Haven Area Shoe Bank gives a free pair of new shoes and socks to kids and teens through age 17 who have a CHIP card, a similar insurance card, or a Medical Access card. To be eligible, they must live in Clinton County or the Liberty-Curtin Elementary School attendance area. Kids and teens also may be referred by an agency or organization

Free books are given to the children as well.

A small holiday gift will be given in December, as part of the Shoe Bank’s celebration of its 15th year.

The Shoe Bank serves families in Clinton County and the Liberty-Curtin Elementary School attendance area.

Funding is provided by the Clinton County Community Foundation, other grants including one from M&T Bank, civic groups, churches, individuals, and donors like you!

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