Now in it’s 24th year, the Eagle Shoe Fund and Share a Toy of Walker will help ensure that more than 1,000 needy kids have a merrier Christmas.
Applications are now being taken for those wishing to sign their children up for the two programs. Parents wishing to sign their children up for the giveaway may call the Daily Mountain Eagle office at (205) 221-2840 between 4:30 and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
The deadline to sign up for the giveaway is Wednesday, Nov. 27.
In conjunction with Share a Toy, the Eagle Shoe Fund will once again be handing out shoe vouchers during the giveaway. The shoe vouchers can be redeemed at local merchants listed on the voucher.
Only children living in Walker County, including the Quinton area, whose parents or legal guardians meet certain eligibility requirements are eligible for the Share A Toy Program and the Eagle Shoe Fund annual giveaway. The age limit for the toy giveaway is 12 years old; it’s 14 years old for shoes.
The income eligibility requirements include the number of members in the household as well as all family members’ income, including gross wages, food stamps, Aid to Dependent Children, Social Security, child support/alimony, disability, housing and utility help, etc.
The Eagle Shoe Fund was founded by the late Doug Pearson, longtime editor and publisher of the Daily Mountain Eagle. Last year, more than 1,200 pairs of shoes were given to the area’s underprivileged children.
Jack McNeely, publisher of the Daily Mountain Eagle, said it is a privilege for the newspaper to sponsor the Shoe Fund each year.
“This program was so important to former publishers Doug Pearson and Jerome Wassmann. I am honored to be associated with such a needed program and the dedicated folks here that make it happen each and every year,” McNeely said.
Since its inception in 1990, the Eagle Christmas Shoe Fund has distributed more than 30,000 pairs of shoes to children in Walker County.
“That would not have been possible without the support and generosity of the people living in this community,” McNeely said. “The people of Walker County have contributed thousands of dollars to the Eagle Christmas Shoe Fund over the past 20 years, and we would like to thank them for their support. We hope they will continue to help us and the folks with Share A Toy of Walker County meet the needs of those who sometimes need a helping hand during the holiday season.”
The person responsible for picking up the toys and shoe vouchers on the day of the giveaway must present a valid photo I.D., proof of address and each child’s Social Security card, as well as their own Social Security card. The child does not have to be present at the giveaway, but they do have to be present when shoe vouchers are redeemed.
The giveaway will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, from 8 a.m. until noon at the former Downtown Foods location in downtown Jasper.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to the program may do so at the Daily Mountain Eagle office located at 1301 Viking Drive in Jasper between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or by mail at Eagle Shoe Fund, P.O. Box 1469, Jasper, AL 35502.