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275 pairs of shoes, 650 pairs of socks
January 30, 2019

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To the editor:

We just turned over to Veterans Affairs the results of this year's Sanibel Shoes for Homeless Vets drive. We set a goal of 200 pairs of shoes and 400 pairs of socks. The goal was greatly exceeded and the VA truck was filled with 275 pairs of shoes and 650 pairs of socks.

The following groups participated in the drive as drop-off points: Bailey's General Store, Sanibel Public Library, Sanibel Fire and Rescue District, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, The Community House, American Legion Post 123 and Noah's Ark on the islands, as well as the St. Columbkille Catholic Church and thrift store in Fort Myers.

The people of Sanibel and surrounding communities once again stepped up to say thank you to those men and women who have kept us free and need our help. This significant collection will be given to homeless veterans at the VA hospital facilities in St. Petersburg and Tampa that provide shelter for them.

The shoes and socks donated by you, the people of Sanibel, will provide the proper empowerment a veteran needs to apply for a job. This will start them on their path to becoming a productive member of our society.

The leadership of the VA is overjoyed at the generosity of you, the people of our local community, and your fantastic support to veterans.

If your church or service organization is interested in participating in next year's Shoes for Homeless Vets drive, contact Dan Perkins at 973-687-4826.

Dan Perkins

Sanibel

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