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

Central Square

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 murf@besttractor.com.

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