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Stepping into the past Thursday, 20 June 2019 14:08

Heritage Center provides bridge with the present
by Martha Smith

Imagine it’s the year 1881, and you’re standing ankle-deep in red clay on a plot of land recently cleared, watching the footers for your home be put in the ground.

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County Commission Meets Thursday, 20 June 2019 14:05

The Jackson County Commission voted on several items at their June 10th meeting:

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Documentary to be filmed in Scottsboro Thursday, 20 June 2019 14:04

The Scottsboro City Council voted on several resolutions at their last meeting on June 10, 2019.

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 A simple pair of children’s shoes may not look powerful, but they can make a big difference in the lives of vulnerable children and orphans around the world.


Calvary Baptist Church is teaming up with Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls to ask Scottsboro residents to collect new shoes for children in need. Since 1999, Buckner has collected more than 3 million pairs of new shoes and has served vulnerable children in more than 82 countries around the globe, including the United States.    
Susan Hicks  said, “We hope that with the support of area businesses, churches, retailers, and civic groups, we can help Buckner reach their goal and make life better for children.”
“We know that a new pair of shoes can change the life of a child in an orphanage or impoverished community, and we think each and every child deserves that hope of a bright future,” said Rachel Wallis, director of Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls. “Our team is so grateful for the partnership of Calvary Baptist in providing for the needs of the children we serve.  Because of their commitment to this program, we can continue to increase the number of children who will benefit from a pair of new shoes and socks.”
The shoes that are collected during the drive will provide hope for children living in orphanages and impoverished communities where Buckner offers a variety of holistic services.  Through foster care, empowerment programs, transitional care and humanitarian aid, Buckner supports children and families in countries such as the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Mexico and Peru.
“Most Americans take shoes for granted, but for many children around the world, they are a luxury.  Shoes protect feet from diseases such as hookworm, which can lead to physical and cognitive development issues, and provide children with an opportunity to attend school,” said Wallis.
Donated items should be for children and teens, and due to customs regulations, shoes and socks need to be brand new. The greatest need is for new athletic shoes, sizes Youth 4-Adult 9. Cash donations are also accepted and will help provide new shoes as well as cover distribution costs.
Wallis emphasized that no donation is too small.  “Most donations come from families who give one or two pairs of shoes.  Every pair of shoes given makes a big difference to the boy or girl who receives them.”  You can drop shoes off at 305 County Park Road  through August 30.
Locally, volunteers are being sought to coordinate a shoe drive at their business, church, school, or within a civic organization.  
For more information about the drive and volunteer opportunities, call toll-free 1-866-774-SHOE.

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