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#Shoes4Shelburne 2020: An Overwhelming Success

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Dr. Richard Magder with the shoes collected from the #Shoes4Shelburne Campaign – Photo Provided by Alexandra Magder

The #Shoes4Shelburne campaign has wrapped up for 2020, and the results were better than anybody could have expected.

The people of Dufferin were asked to donate pairs of gently-used, or even brand-new, shoes to those in need. This request stemmed from an event that would have been discouraging to many, when Alexandra Magder and her husband Dr. Richard Magder of Shelburne Family Chiropractic were given a reminder that everybody needs footwear and it is possible for anyone to be in a scenario where they cannot afford them. Furthermore, raising children is expensive and they can outgrow shoes fairly quickly. There are many in possession of unneeded shoes that are still in good condition, or never worn, and there is somebody out there who could use them.

What led to #Shoes4Shelburne started several years ago when Dr. Magder put out his new pair of shoes to dry after they got wet. They were stolen by a passerby. Instead of just getting upset about it, buying another pair, and moving on, the Magders thought that the individual who had taken the shoes must have really needed them and couldn’t afford to buy their own. The couple knew there were others in this situation and felt the urge to help. #Shoes4Shelburne was created in 2017, and has raised over a thousand shoes since its inception.

Shoes were collected from November 1st to November 30th, with the drop-off box located at Shelburne Family Chiropractic (310 Main Street East, Shelburne). All varieties of footwear were accepted, for the exception of high heels and flip flops. Donated shoes were distributed during the month of December through the Christmas Hamper Program in Shelburne and Choices Youth Shelter in Orangeville. Everything was sanitized before going out to ensure safety.

Before the annual campaign started, Alexandra Magder shared with Dufferin News that the goal for 2020 was 700 shoes.

“Last year we set a goal of 600, that we achieved, and this year we have a goal of 700,” Magder explained. “We know that it may be a bit more challenging this year [with COVID] to collect shoes, but it’s going to be more important to give shoes out.”

The Town of Shelburne and the surrounding Dufferin community heard that call, and responded. With fervor.

“I’m happy to say the community helped us to SHATTER our goal of 600-700 shoes! We collected 1,250 shoes from the community. Incredible!,” said Alexandra Magder. “Your generosity helped over 150 individuals and families in need, right here in Shelburne, receive much needed winter boots, running shoes, work boots, baby shoes and other shoe types.”

Learn more by checking out #Shoes4Shelburne on social media!

Shelburne Family Chiropractic
310 Main Street East, Shelburne, Ontario

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