Free shoes for kids in need

Susan Thompson, superintendent of the Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities, shows the generous donation of 13 dozen pairs of sneakers from Operation Warm. The 156 pairs are in available in various toddler and kid sizes.

(Posted March 18, 2021)

There is no business like “shoe” business.

The Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) is always looking for ways to help the community.

This winter, MCBDD distributed 72 winter jackets to children throughout Madison County. Now, the board is helping children’s feet.

Recently, MCBDD received 156 pairs of new shoes through Operation Warm. This is the same grant-related program that provided the jackets.

Based out of Glen Mills, Pa., Operation Warm is a national nonprofit that manufactures new, high-quality coats for children who are in need. They strive to partner with compassionate individuals, community organizations, and corporations across North America to provide emotional warmth, confidence to socialize and succeed, and hope of a brighter future through the gift of a new coat.

MCBDD Superintendent Susan Thompson first found grant opportunities with the coats, then the shoes (through an initiative called “Warm Soles”), through Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

“During these difficult and unsure times, we wanted to find a way to help families,” Thompson said. “We thank Operation Warm for these great opportunities to help our community.”

Shoes are available in the following sizes– toddlers (7, 8. 9 and 10) and kids (11, 12, 13, 1, 2, 3 and 4).

To be eligible for the free shoes, an individual’s family must be at or below 200 percent of the 2020 Federal poverty guidelines.

For more information, contact Susan Thompson at

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