THOUSANDS of Winnipeg children who live in poverty don't have adequate running shoes for school or boots to stay warm in winter.
To address that need, the Central Corydon Community Centre (C4) is holding a new-shoe drive in partnership with the local charity More Than Shoes.
The public is asked to drop off new, never-worn runners or winter boots to any of the C4 community centres: River Heights, Sir John Franklin or Crescentwood.
The most-needed sizes are children's size 12 to adult size 8.
"It's more than shoes -- we want children to feel good about themselves," said Wendy Erlanger, founder of the charity.
More Than Shoes, launched last year, has distributed hundreds of pairs of footwear. Many of the needy recipients are used to wearing scrounged or hand-me-down shoes that are ill-fitting or worn out. The shoes from the charity are often the first new ones they've ever owned, Erlanger said.
C4 hopes to collect and donate at least 100 pairs. More information on the charity is at www.morethanshoes.ca