WIBH, Head Start spearheads training shoes for needy children
For more than a decade, WIBH Radio in Anna has raised awareness of child abuse and neglect in Southern Illinois, and each winter it partners with area child service agencies to raising money to buy children’s coats as part of the New Coats, New Hope campaign.
In April, as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month, the radio station will partner with these same local agencies in the new “Warm Soles, New Hope” campaign to provide new shoes for children. in need.
Shoes will be distributed through the Children’s Mental Health and Medical Resource Network at Anna, Arrowleaf in Vienna and all Southern Seven Head Start sites, to children affected by abuse, neglect, disasters and family needs . No documents or proof of income are required to receive a pair of shoes.
Nearly 20% of children in Southern Illinois live in poverty, and properly fitting shoes are a daily essential.
“We are fortunate to live in a community that cares about the needs of others,” said Moury Bass, co-owner of WIBH. “That’s why we use the voice of WIBH radio to let our listeners know that there are kids in southern Illinois who need new shoes.”
The campaign goal for 2022 is $3,000, which will buy 200 pairs of shoes.
Like the coat drive, the shoes – sizes 6 toddlers to 4 kids – will be purchased through the nonprofit Operation Warm, whose Warm Soles program launched in 2020 to buy footwear that inspires confidence and encourages outdoor play. The program is only two years old, but more than 30,000 pairs of shoes have already been distributed in the United States
Sponsoring a pair of shoes is only $15, but any monetary contribution is appreciated. Donate by check or money order made out to Operation Warm and mailed to WIBH Radio, Attn: Moury Bass, 330 S. Main St., Anna, IL 62906. You can also donate online at www.operationwarm. org/wibh. The deadline to donate is May 7, 2020.
Postal Pal in Anna will donate the shipping of the shoes to allow 100% of all donations to go directly towards their purchase. Other businesses in the area are also partnering with WIBH to reduce coat costs. Shawnee Mass Transit District in Vienna and Anna will help deliver shoes to their distribution sites, while T&I Office Equipment in Anna will donate the printing of flyers used in outreach. Businesses and organizations requesting flyers should contact Moury at the radio station for delivery or pickup.
For more information or to request a pair of shoes for a child in need, contact Moury Bass at WIBH at (618) 697-0134 or Shawnna Rhine at Southern Seven Head Start at (618) 634-2297, ext. 9161; or visit the WIBH Warm Soles, New Hope campaign on Facebook. To learn more about Operation Warm, visit operationwarm.org.