Health Care and Wellness

Podiatry Practice Launches Holiday Shoe, Sock Drive

BOARDMAN, Ohio – NOMS Ankle & Foot Care Centers has begun its 22nd annual holiday shoe and sock drive with the goal of delivering more than 500 pairs of shoes and hundreds of pairs of socks to local residents through the Salvation Army.

The foot and ankle physicians and staff are collecting new or nearly new shoes and new socks at all 19 of their offices in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, Stark, Ashtabula and Portage counties in Ohio and Mercer County in Pennsylvania through Jan. 3. 

The group has collected thousands of shoes and socks since its first holiday shoe drive in 1998.

“Proper footwear is essential for protecting your feet, especially during the colder months,” says Michael Vallas, practice administrator. ” Many people in our community don’t have access to new shoes and socks. So, every year, our doctors, staff, patients and individuals in our community make it a priority to support adults and children in need by donating footwear.”

The physicians will accept shoes of all sizes, both men and women, and all types of shoes, including athletic, dress and casual, as well as boots. Boots in children’s sizes are especially needed. The shoes should be new or nearly new. Socks of all sizes must be new.

Donations can be dropped off at any of the group’s 19 offices. For more information, call 330-629-8800.

NOMS Ankle & Foot Care Centers is the region’s largest podiatric care provider, with physicians and surgeons serving patients at 19 local offices. 

Photo at top: Medical assistant Gail Aczel, podiatric physician Dr. Kwame Williams, and medical assistant Tina Adkins are collecting shoes and socks at the practice’s Boardman office.

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