Salvation Army hands out free shoes to Pasco students
Leonardo Arrihea, 5, of Dade City, gets a pair of shoes from Carol Miller of the Zephyrhills Ladies Oriental Shrine, Cairo Court No. 97 on Friday morning. GARY S. HATRICK
BY GARY S. HATRICK Tribune correspondent
Published: August 17, 2013
Updated: August 18, 2013 at 09:19 AM
DADE CITY — The Salvation Army distributed more than 100 pairs of free shoes to children Friday through its “Soles for Little Souls” program.
The shoe distribution was held in two Jim Browne dealership locations in Dade City: Jim Browne Pasco Chevy Buick GMC and Jim Browne Citrus Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram.
Dennis Klinger, who runs the Salvation Army service center in Dade City, heads up Soles for Little Souls. He describes its mission: “It is designed to provide needy children with brand new shoes for back to school. Last year, in our first year, we provided 52 pairs of shoes, and this year we will be providing over 100.”
Jim Browne and the Zephyrhills Ladies Oriental Shrine Cairo Court No. 97 were the major sponsors for the program. Five of the Shriners, Carol Miller, Isabelle Collins, Fran Crum and Ruth Whidden and Vera Simpson, helped distribute shoes.
Joy Fall, 8, Jalisa Rhoden, 15, and Dustin Rhoden, 15, siblings from Dade City, were happy with the shoes they received.
“I actually needed running shoes,” Dustin said. Jalisa liked the pink and blue colors of her shoes.
“There’s nothing better than seeing a big smile on a kid’s face,” Browne said. He said he sponsored the program to give back to the community.