Tuesday, March 20, 2001

Shoes' project makes difference to children

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A Finneytown woman's Make A Difference Day project was recognized Monday as one of 10 outstanding programs in Ohio.

        Lisa Siegel received the award from Ohio first lady Hope Taft and the Governor's Community Service Council for Project Shoes, a drive to collect shoes for children living in homeless shelters.

        Make A Difference Day is a national day of volunteering. Last year's Make A Difference Day engaged 2.2 million Americans in helping their neighbors. Ohio led the nation with 525 projects in 2000, utilizing 48,042 volunteers.

        Mrs. Siegel, president of the Project Connect Homeless Children's Fund (PCHCF), enlisted 200 volunteers, including high school and elementary students and community members. The PCHCF donated 450 pairs of new shoes by soliciting donations.

        The group's major fund-raiser, the Children's Faces Without Places Benefit, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Vernon Manor Hotel, 400 Oak St., Avondale. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. 357-5720.


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