Ankle & Foot Centers Launch Shoe, Sock Drive

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Ankle & Foot Care Centers his morning announced the launch of its 18th annual holiday shoe and sock drive. The podiatric physician group, which has 20 offices throughout northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania, aims to deliver more than 700 pairs of shoes and hundreds of pairs of socks to local residents through the Salvation Army early next year.

The annual drive has collected thousands of shoes and socks since it began in 1998.

“Good shoes and socks are important to healthy feet and overall good health, especially in cold weather,” said Michael Vallas, practice administrator at Ankle & Foot Care Centers. “We’re looking to bring holiday cheer — and better health — to families who are struggling financially and trying to get by with shoes that are wearing out or no longer fit.”

The drive, which runs through Jan. 8, accepts shoes from children’s sizes to adult, both men and women, and all types of shoes from athletic to dress to casual. Boots in children’s sizes are especially needed. Socks of all sizes are accepted as well.

Pictured: Dr. Robert Debiec, Debbie Marinelli and Gail Aczel of Ankle & Foot Care Centers with a shoe collection box.

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