FULTON — Assemblyman Will Barclay this week announced collection sites for the sixth annual Tithe My Shoes drive, an effort to collect shoes and boots for the Rescue Mission. Shoes will be collected until Dec. 15 in an effort to bring shoes to those in need in Oswego County.
Tithe My Shoes was started in 2014 by Millard “Mudd” Murphy, former mayor of Central Square and executive director of the Oswego County Conference of Mayors. The drive’s goal this year is to collect 1,147 pairs of shoes by Dec. 15 so the shoes can be delivered in time for the holidays. Murphy works with Ralph Rotella, owner of the Discount Shoe Repair store in Syracuse, who donates his time to clean and fix used shoes collected through the drive.
“I applaud Mudd’s dedication to this cause. He has collected thousands of pairs of shoes and boots over the last five years and because of his efforts, more people have shoes and boots that they need,” said Barclay.
Last year the drive collected 1,125 pairs of shoes. Donations will go to Rescue Mission stores located in Syracuse and Oswego County.
Barclay and Murphy welcome people in the community to drop off any new or gently-used shoes at any of the locations listed below:
Mallory Wesleyan Church
5 Baum Rd., Mallory
Central Square Community Church
833 state Rt. 11, Central Square
Victory Bible Church
State Rt. 11 & Hungry Lane
Assemblyman Barclay office
200 N. 2nd St., Fulton
Central Square Village offices
3125 East Ave., Central Square
Oswego City Hall
13 W. Oneida St., Oswego
Mexico village offices
3236 Main St., Mexico
New Hope Presbyterian Church
814 Rider St., Parish
Additional drop-off sites are needed. If your organization or business is able to serve as a collection point for the public, please contact Mudd at 315-952-2828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.