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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

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    United Methodist Men hosting Conference-wide shoe drive

    February 22, 2017 / By UNY Communications Team

    The Upper New York Conference United Methodist Men is sponsoring “Shoes For Service,” a shoe drive that will benefit Upstate New York Veterans, from March 1-31. UM Men is working with Funds2Orgs, which gives organizations money based on the total weight of the shoes gathered during shoe drive campaigns.

    UM Men will collect all types of shoes, including boots and flip flops, as well as shoes for all ages. Shoes can be new or used, but must be in good condition — the soles should be intact, should have laces, no holes present, dry and clean, etc.

    You can drop off your donations at your local church by putting them in the clear plastic bags provided, with a rubber band around each pair. UM Men volunteers will pick up the shoes at the end of March, or you can bring them from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 1, to the United Methodist Center of Upper New York, located at 7481 Henry Clay Blvd., Liverpool.

    This event will mark the first use the new Mission Central's 8,000-square-foot complex and loading dock at the Center. 

    Money collected from the shoe drive will be given to Rochester’s Veterans Outreach Center, Utica’s Feed Our Vets food pantry, the Cpl. Kyle R. Schneider Foundation, and other regional veterans charities.

    For more information, please contact Steve Ranous, president of the Crossroads District United Methodist Men at 315-427-3515 or

    With more than 144,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."