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Free Shoes for the Needy

Burlington, Vermont - November 25, 2009

Free shoes and boots were handed out Wednesday to the needy at the COTS shelter in Burlington.

Volunteers from Fletcher Allen Health Care are providing the footwear as part of a nationwide outreach program called Our Hearts To Your Soles. Teenagers in Pennsylvania started the program a few years ago after visiting a homeless shelter there. The program has since spread to 39 other states including Vermont.

"I think this is a blessing for the whole community," said Ray, a homeless man. "It's gonna help a lot of people. It's going to benefit a lot of people. I wish everyday was like this for people opening their hearts like this and I think if everybody worked together we could get a lot done, a lot accomplished."

This is the second year of the program in Vermont.

Volunteers also treated any foot problems they discovered.

Keagan Harsha - WCAX News

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