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Fundraiser — Church barbecue and auction, Feed the Feet, will raise funds for annual shoe drive Aug. 8

By Nico Hamacher, news intern

Newberg’s Roots Church will host its second annual Feed the Feet barbecue and auction from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 8 at Memorial Park.

The event will raise money for the church’s annual shoe drive, which benefits Newberg youth in kindergarten through 12th grade.by: GARY ALLEN - Happy feet - Last year the Newberg Roots Church gave away hundreds of pairs of new shoes just prior to the beginning of school.

Last year the group was able to provide nearly 300 pairs of shoes to local youth through a combination of fundraising events and donations by Newberg residents. This year the group hopes to match that number, said event coordinator Lisa Anderson.

In addition to the barbeque and auction, the church has been raising money to meet its goal through a combination of Burgerville partnerships and coin cans placed at local businesses around town.

Anderson said she thinks the drive is important not just for the kids receiving shoes, but also for everybody else involved. “I like the idea of local people supporting local kids — and shoes are such an important need for kids,” she said.

Tickets to the event are $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. They can be purchased in advance by calling Anderson at 503-810-0004.

Monetary donations will be accepted at the dinner, as will new tennis shoes. Due to health concerns the shoes cannot have been worn in the past.

Visit www.newbergshoes.com or www.facebook.com/newberg shoedrive to learn more.

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