New shoes sought for new school year in Canandaigua

To celebrate its 130th anniversary in the Canandaigua community, members of Crosswinds Wesleyan Church decided to run with an idea to buy shoes for kids to have something new to wear to start the new school year.

That’s when they decided to partner with The Spot, a local resource that provides free school supplies and clothes to children in need in the Canandaigua City School District.

After seeing a brochure, they found The Spot to be spot on.

“I read through it and I thought this is a no-brainer,” said Tricia Smith, director of the church’s Uptown Children’s Ministry. “Kids serving kids is just a wonderful idea. All of our kids should grow up being taught compassion for others and being able to practice generosity.”

While school shopping this summer, the church has challenged its children and their families to pick up an extra pair of shoes to donate to The Spot.

“Crosswinds has had the privilege of being in and serving the Canandaigua community for the last 130 years,” said Brian Soller, student ministry pastor. “We are celebrating this anniversary milestone with a way to give back to the community by partnering with The Spot to raise awareness and support for the many needs of our children as they plan for back to school.”

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