Hundreds of children are going back to school on the right foot.
Every year Wendy's, Eastside Community Ministry and WHIZ organize Lace Up For Kids. Program Committee Chairperson Sally Goins said no child leaves empty-handed.
"We'll have plenty, and we make a commitment that if something happens or we bought the wrong size, we'll go out and get the right ones for them," said Goins. "Everybody who is signed up gets a pair of shoes."
This year's Lace Up for Kids will mark a major milestone.
They will surpass the 25,000 shoe mark for donations in the 24th year of the program.
"You get to see how needed this service is," said WHIZ Media Group President Hank Littick. "It's just a wonderful feeling to know that you've fulfilled a real need for a family that might have 4 or 5 children that are worried about how in the world they going to afford all these shoes. We're able to help out with that...
Zanesville High School football players are tackling a project to help other kids get ready for school.
Tuesday is distribution day for the annual Wendy's/WHIZ's Lace Up for Kids campaign. Secretary of the Board for Eastside Community Ministry Sally Goins said the football players are helping over 1,000 children lace up new shoes.
"They are a tremendous help, because we need help with heavy-lifting, and it's also wonderful to have the community involved," said...
East Side Community Ministry created a new signature event in hopes of bringing in funding and support.
The first-ever Riverboat Night will take place this Friday. Participants will be given play "money" to use throughout the evening. Winnings will be given in the form of tickets and can be used to enter for grand prize drawings. Development Director Joey Osborn is excited to hand out the grand prizes, one of which is a hand-made Ohio State Quilt and tickets to a game.
Wendy's Restaurants, the WHIZ Media Group and Eastside Community Ministries are teaming up to collect new tennis shoes for needy children to go back to school. The program was founded by Wendy's restaurant nearly 23 years ago.
Owner of Wendys Tim Thompson SAID, "They talked to the schools and children are going back to school with tattered shoes and the schools reached out and Wendy's responded and started this program. "...
Some local kids walked away with a skip in their step today.
The doors to the Civic Community Center opened up at 9 a.m. to provide area children with a new pair of shoes as they head back to school. As families come in, volunteers will meet with them and find the shoe that perfectly fits their foot, and taste.
"I'm trying these ones on right now," says Keeley McGraw.
"They're going to have great shoes when they go back to school to play in and...
Blue devils "teamed up" to get new kicks ready for area kids.
The Zanesville High School football team came ready to work at the Civic League Community Center, unpacking boxes in preparation for tomorrow's big "Lace up or Kids" event. Head coach, Chad Grandstaff says the team has been volunteering for countless years, teaching the boys valuable lessons.
"It's a nice way for them to see the need in the community and the hard work that they do and also to...
The new school year is weeks away but a local group wants all the kids to start off on the right foot.
The program "Lace Up for Kids" has been putting new shoes on children for 22 years. WHIZ, Eastside Community Ministry and Wendy's Restaurants partnerto make this possible. Wendy's owner Tim Thompson says it's a great way to be able give to those who are in need.
"A lot of kids go back to school and they come with tattered shoes and it really helps build their...