An effort is under way to collect 1,000 pairs of boots and shoes throughout Oswego County by Dec. 15.
The shoes will be delivered to the Rescue Mission in Syracuse, which works with various charities throughout the region to deliver shoes and boots in good condition to those in need.
Assemblyman Will Barclay’s office will be collecting shoes for the drive.
Millard “Mudd” Murphy, former mayor of Central Square and executive director of the Oswego County Conferences of Mayors, started the drive locally and has coined it “Tithe My Shoes.”
Tithe My Shoes was inspired by Discount Shoe Repair shop (Syracuse) owner Ralph Rotella.
Last year, the congregations at Caughdenoy United Methodist, Mallory Wesleyan, Victory Bible Church in Central Square, along with Fulton Savings Bank of Central Square and Assemblyman Barclay’s office in Fulton collected 197 pairs of shoes, boots and sneakers and donated them to Rotella.
Rotella refurbishes the shoes so they can be worn again.
Last year many people asked if any of the footwear would be recycled back in to Oswego County.
The answer is yes!
The Rescue Mission Store located at 57 E. Bridge St. Oswego will handle all local needs for shoes in Oswego County.
This year Murphy hopes to reach his goal of collecting 1,000 pairs of shoes by Dec 15 so they can be delivered in time to Rotella.
Last year Rotella collected more than 7,000 shoes for the Rescue Mission.
Shoes may be dropped off at the following locations:
– Mallory Wesleyan Church at 5 Baum Road in Mallory
– Caughdenoy United Methodist Church at the corner of county routes 12 and 37 in Caughdenoy
– Victory Bible Church at the corner of Route 11 and Hungry Lane in Central Square
– Assemblyman Barclay’s office at 200 N. Second St. Fulton (Second floor, above the Department of Motor Vehicle Office)
– Fulton Savings Bank at 3069 East Ave in Central Square
Other Drop-off locations are being added.