All four Village Health Clubs and Spas, two of which are in Scottsdale, want to do their part in spreading holiday cheer by giving back to those who don’t have the funds or resources to buy winter necessities such as shoes this holiday season.
Starting this month, each of the four Village locations have donation bins to collect new and used shoes of all sizes for St. Vincent De Paul.
The drive originated with Village member Maggie Freund, who reached out to St. Vincent De Paul to find out what they really needed.
The answer was shoes.
Everyday, St. Vincent De Paul works to meet requests for shoes from community members across the Valley. This adds up to thousands of pairs of shoes every year.
“We are a premier health club that strongly promotes community engagement, so we are very proud of our members for helping to organize such a great drive for a great cause,” says Carol Nalevanko, president of Village Health Clubs & Spas.
Village members and community members can donate their new and used shoes at all four Village Health Club & Spa locations. Ms. Freund and a team of two other volunteers, Martha Fogler and Beth Penney, will regularly pick up donations and transport them to St. Vincent De Paul’s main office in Phoenix.
“In past years we have had so many shoes donated that I cannot fit them all in my car,” Ms. Freund said.
The drive continues through Dec. 16.
In Scottsdale, shoes may be dropped off at the following locations:
* DC Ranch Village Health Club & Spa, 18501 N. Thompson Peak Parkway.
* Gainey Village Heath Club & Spa, 7477 E Doubletree Ranch Road.
The Scottsdale Independent is available for free every Wednesday.