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New Shoes for Back to School is a ministry carried out by a group called the Metropolitan Partnership of Churches/Synagogue. This year, the coalition is made of 8 churches (including Trinity) plus one synagogue. The group provides new shoes to K-12 school children in underserved communities in the metro Richmond area. This is the fourth year that Trinity has been a part of this ministry.

Last year during the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Shoes Ministry went to a “Plan B” that was so successful the group decided to proceed in the same way again. Instead of one distribution day open to the public, the organizers have reached out directly to area Title 1 schools. Each church/synagogue will again provide shoes directly to their assigned schools during the first half of September.

There are three ways you can help:
1. Stay tuned for more details, including sizes and numbers of shoes needed. You can purchase and drop them by the Welcome Center or you can order shoes online from your favorite store and have them delivered to Trinity.

2. Consider making a financial gift. This allows organizers to be efficient in purchasing shoes (often they are needed for older students). Please specify “New Shoes Ministry” with your donation.

3. Keep the New Shoes for Back to School Ministry in your prayers. The lead organizer is Third Street Bethel A.M.E., a church founded circa 1850 that shares a history with Trinity UMC. This is a great way to recognize and continue that important relationship.

If you have questions, please email Beth Monroe at bethmonr@gmail.com . Thank you!