UPDATE: LSF’s Step for Success Shoe Drive has collected 457 Pairs of Shoes for Foster Kids, Still Looking to Reach 1,000 Goal by June 1st
Largo, FL – May is Foster Care Awareness Month and Lutheran Services Florida has been working to raise awareness about kids in foster care with a shoe drive, Step For Success. As of today, with the help of the community, we have collected 457 pairs of shoes! Our goal is to collect 1,000 pairs of shoes to represent the number of kids LSF serves through this program.
There are several drop off locations including:
LSF Central Services
3627 W Waters Ave,
Tampa, FL 33614
8550 Ulmerton Road #130
Largo, FL 33771
513 Main Street
Dunedin, FL 34698
Congregation B’nai Israel
300 58th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33714
2680 Landmark Drive
Clearwater, FL 33761
Thank you to our community partners who have embraced our shoe drive!
“Children entering Florida’s foster care system often come with only the clothes on their backs and sometimes have no shoes on their feet,” Heather King, Executive Program Director for LSF said. “As one of the case management organizations in Tampa Bay, we want to do our part to ensure Eckerd’s Rooms of Hope are stocked with brand new shoes for children. That’s why we’re asking our family, friends, and people in the community to purchase a new pair of shoes for a child from birth to 18.”
All the shoes collected will go to Eckerd’s Rooms of Hope which are set up like small stores and are filled with fresh clothing, pajamas, shoes, hygiene items, diapers, school supplies and other necessities. The kids come in and are able to “no-cost shop” for the items they not only need, but deserve.
Purchase a NEW pair of shoes. All sizes and types are needed for children from birth to 18…so as you can imagine, any and all types, sizes, boys, girls, women and men’s shoes are all needed.
Not in town but want to help?
You can now send us a pair of new shoes on Amazon!
Visit https://www.lsfnet.org/step4success/ to learn more.
Terri Durdaller, LSF Associate VP of Communications
About Lutheran Services Florida: (LSF) is a non-profit organization transforming lives by ensuring safe children, strong families and vibrant communities. Founded in 1982, LSF currently touches the lives of 1 in 50 Floridians every year through various programs, including early education, youth shelters, foster care, refugee and resettlement services, substance abuse mental health services, and adult guardianship. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, LSF has more than 60 programs throughout Florida and approximately 1,200 dedicated employees.