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Plum Rotary collecting shoes for children in Nicaragua

April 14, 2018

Plum Rotary is collecting gently used shoes for children in Nicaragua.

Shoes can be dropped off at the borough building at 4574 New Texas Road and at the S&T Bank and the Shop ’n Save in the Holiday Park Shopping Center, 2362 Golden Mile Highway.

Rotary collected more than 600 pairs of shoes in 2014 and 275 last year. It hopes to collect at least 125 this year to reach 1,000 for the three years it has held the drive.

“Nicaragua’s rural population is overwhelmed with poverty; most families cannot afford shoes for their children,” Rotary President Monda Costanza said. “A requirement for school attendance there is students must wear shoes. The project is a simple one. Children in Nicaragua need shoes to go to school and American children have gently-used shoes that may no longer fit or they no longer use. All Plum Rotary needed to do to help these children was to set-up collection sites.”

The drive runs though April 30.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367, mdivittorio@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.