2009PTA Community Outreach "Shoeless Sunday - Shoes4Kids" Event June 6, 2009 YWCA – Druids Heights Baltimore, Maryland
YWCA - Druid Heights In 2005, the YWCA served 330 different children and 391 different adults, sheltering an average of 215 children and adults each night. http://baltimoreywca.org/programs/housing.htm
Brad and Ms. Sheila Horsey Assistant Director YWCA – Druid Heights
Kishara and her mom
Antwan, Brad and Burris
Burris, Antwan and his family
Brad, Dee Dee Ford and Antwan
Brad and Jamal
Mohammed, Brad and Jamal
Arianna and Kishara
“Thank you for organizing this community service project. Going to the YWCA - Druid Heights to distribute the shoes was a heartwarming experience. It was wonderful to see my own children (Arianna 11 y/o and Burris 8 y/o) help other children in picking out their new shoes and assisting them in putting them on their feet. “ “The generosity of so many allowed the kids to not only have a new pair of shoes, but also to have a choice of styles.” Ashlee Esplen, PTA Philadelphia
“This was, by far, the biggest gift our shelter has ever received. All the children will now have a new pair of tennis shoes for the summer. This is such a wonderful thing you have done. I still can’t believe it !
God bless you all! Ms. Sheila Horsey Assistant Director YWCA – Druid Heights
Wilma Guerra, SPTA Northern Virginia Community College and her daughter
“What a Blessing! I was so excited to hear about this outreach opportunity in Baltimore, giving new tennis shoes to needy children. My heart was filled with joy to see the faces of the children when they put on their new shoes. Words just can't express how I felt and how I still feel. I am so glad that my daughter and her daughter could be here to help and to be a part of this. This was an experience that I will treasure forever. “ “I’m looking forward to being a art of this effort again next year in Boston, MA.“ Wilma Guerra, SPTA Northern Virginia Community College
Thank you Over 200 pairs of new youth tennis shoes and over 500 pairs of new socks were distributed to the families of the YWCA – Druid Heights.
A letter from the Director “Thank you so much to you and your colleagues for the donation of new tennis and socks for the children we serve. What an absolutely wonderful phone call to receive! Very rarely do our clients get anything new for themselves so the tennis and shoes and socks were certainly a very welcomed treat.” “We hope you know how meaningful your time and donations were to our children and their mothers.” Carole Alexander Executive Director House of Ruth Maryland
2009PTA Community Outreach "Shoeless Sunday - Shoes4Kids" Event June 7, 2009 House of Ruth Maryland Baltimore, Maryland
House of Ruth Services:House Of Ruth Maryland has a comprehensive range of services to help provide the support necessary to rebuild lives. People Served:In 2007 alone, House Of Ruth served more than 13,000 individuals and their families. http://www.hruth.org/
Due to confidentiality and respecting the privacy of the families of the House of Ruth Maryland, several families chose not to have their picture taken or their names not to be identified.
House of Ruth Maryland Baltimore, Maryland
Alexis Thuringer, Brad Thuringer, PTA and Tony Hall, PTA
“I couldn’t believe the look in the mother's eyes when Brad explained to them that the shoes were given and would cost them nothing. How proud I felt when we were able to tell them that you, members of the APTA, donated the shoes and socks so that their children could have a new pair. And the look on the faces of the children as they looked over the tables and picked out that special pair.” “Thank you to all who have donated shoes. I have seen first hand the difference you make in the lives of those less fortunate. “ Bless you, Tony Hall, PTA Nebraska
2201 Argonne Drive
A thank you card received in the mail. “Thank you for your thoughtfulness. My son Nicholas loved the pair of sneakers you gave him.” Many Thanks, Rhonda P. House of Ruth Resident
Kerri Wojciechowski, Associate Director, Community Relations and Brad Thuringer, PTA
Thank you Because of the tremendous support to this year’s event, The House of Ruth Maryland received over 175 pairs of new youth tennis shoes and 250 pairs of socks.
2009PTA Community Outreach "Shoeless Sunday - Shoes4Kids" Event June 8, 2009The Salvation Army - Booth House Baltimore, Maryland
The Salvation Army - Booth House An emergency and transitional housing facility for area women, children and families. Consisting of a 57 bed, 30-day residency emergency shelter and a 19 bed, 2 year residency transitional housing unit, the facility provides a safe, comfortable environment for those working to rebuild their lives.
Due to confidentiality and respecting the privacy of the children and families of the Salvation Army – Booth House, names of the children in the pictures will not be identified. Photo’s taken at the shelter were taken from a cell phone. Sorry about the clarity of pictures.
The Salvation Army - Booth House Baltimore, MD
Jerry Allgood, PTA (LA), Alexis Thuringer, Brad Thuringer, PTA (SD) and Danny Landry, PTA (LA)
Apart from my children, spending time with the children of the Salvation Army – Booth House and the other homeless shelters in Baltimore as well as those in past years has been the greatest gift…the greatest life lesson I could ever receive. Brad Thuringer, PTA South Dakota
With each shelter we visited in Baltimore, I was told by its staff how these shoes were a huge blessing. Sister Margo, a volunteer at the Salvation Army - Booth House, made the comment as she looked into the room where we had all the shoes and socks displayed, remarked, “this is like Christmas to the kids.”
“I think now I can understand how Santa Claus must feel when he brings gifts to the kids. I felt the warm appreciation and overwhelming gratitude from the kids as they wore their new shoes around the room. I found it most exciting to assist them in picking out the shoes of their choice. I had never experienced such a thing and am eternally grateful to you for allowing the possibility. “ Danny Landry, PTA Louisiana
Sheila, Staff person and Brad
Thank you Over 175 pairs of new youth tennis shoes and over 500 pairs of new socks were distributed to the families of the Salvation Army – Booth House.