Share the Spirit and J & N Shoes Hold Annual Contribution


Grown-ups Helping the Kids


Over 152 youngsters from the region got brand new shoes on Friday, October 13, from J & N Shoes, downtown Lamar. It’s become an annual event as Share the Spirit Foundation and Jennifer Steward of J & N Shoes combine their efforts to provide a new pair of shoes to elementary age school children.

Finding your Size

Kids and adults find a chair or a free section of floor and the kids try on a pair to see how they fit and look. For many, it’s the only new pair of new shoes they’ll have all year.

Kayla Koehn and Karen Voepel

Karen Voepel, President and co-originator of the foundation, said students from all over get to take part, “These students are from the HOPE Center, but through the day we’ll get visited from Washington and Parkview schools, as well as Granada, Holly, Wiley, Springfield, McClave and for the first time this year, Eads.” She said Chana Reed is now heading the drive, coordinating the schools and students with Jennifer from her shoe store.  Forms are sent out to the parents and Chana makes all the calls and will visit with the teachers at each school to explain the mission and how the annual event works.

“We have a lot of return volunteers who help out and some new ones as well,” said Voepel during a break in the action. “We’re also handing out packets of new socks and underwear to each student,” she added, thanking Berta Downing for coordinating those give-aways.

There are different ways in which the Share the Spirit Foundation raises funds and the one known to a lot of Lamar residents is being planned for next October. Every other year, a ‘Sip and Savor’ event is held at Prowers Farms, each time with a different theme, but usually revolving around foods.  “This year, we’re going for Margaritaville,” Voepel said, “We have a mixologist lined up for all the drinks and two tickets have been donated for a Jimmy Buffet concert and of course, we’re having cheeseburgers in Paradise on the menu.  We’re still working on a chef and our planning meetings will start in March.  The event will be held the first weekend in October, around Columbus Day.”

So, put on your flip-flops, watch out for the pop tops and get your mind into a margarita mood for a fun fundraiser for Share the Spirit.

By Russ Baldwin


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