After a cold, wet winter, the Salvation Army Caring Place is collecting new and gently used shoes for its clients.
“Especially at this time of year. They come in and their feet are soaking wet,” said Cheryl Finnie, Sonia’s Cradle coordinator at the Salvation Army.
The need for women’s footwear is great, but not as much as those for men.
The shelter had only three pairs for men as of last week, but in sizes that will fit few.
Also in need are steel-toed boots, as work is available with Labour Unlimited.
“It’s a shame. They get up faithfully at five in the morning, but they don’t get the work because they don’t have proper footwear,” said Finnie.
All sizes of shoes and boots are needed, but especially men’s nine and up.
Rubber boots are also needed.
Donations can be dropped off in the office at 22188 Lougheed Highway, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday.
The Salvation Army Caring Place provides food, shelter and support to vulnerable people in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.
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