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Shepherdstown program offers shoes for women

August 21, 2008

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Putting your best foot forward is something everyone hopes to do, especially when looking for a new job.

Women living in poverty don't get new shoes very often, and sometimes are frustrated or embarrassed that they don't have good-looking shoes for interviews or meetings.

They buy new shoes for growing children or for husbands who need work shoes. But they rarely go out to buy them for themselves, unless they are required for work, or they've broken or worn out the shoes they've worn every day for months.

Women living in poverty would never consider getting a new pair of $150 Naot sandals ... until now.

Thanks to Eric White, owner of Blue River Clothing in Shepherdstown, women who are receiving mentoring from volunteers with Friends in Action of the Eastern Panhandle are now walking around in beauty and comfort. Eighty pairs of sandals were distributed to women in the program - the Shenandoah Women's Center, Bethany House and to Hannah's Closet, part of the Care Pregnancy Center.

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To learn more about the program, call 304-876-8500 or go to www.fiaep.org.

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