The Daily Mountain Eagle will begin signing up local families for its annual Christmas Shoe Fund giveaway Monday afternoon.
Parents or legal guardians of children living in Walker County can call the newspaper office at 205-221-2840 between noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The deadline to sign up is Thursday, Nov. 19.
Children 18 and under are eligible to receive vouchers for a new pair of shoes provided by a list of merchants. Each family will receive shoe vouchers for their children and one grocery voucher for their family.
Families must meet income eligibility requirements in order to be approved for the shoe giveaway.
Callers will be asked to provide the following information: number of people living in the household; gross monthly income, which includes wages, salaries, unemployment compensation, child support, food stamps, Social Security and disability benefits and assistance with housing and utilities; E911 address, phone number and Social Security number of the person calling; and name, age and Social Security number for each child.
Last year, the Shoe Fund campaign helped almost 400 underprivileged children living in Walker County.
The Eagle Shoe Fund, which was founded by longtime editor and publisher Doug Pearson, has given away more than 40,000 pairs of shoes in the past 30 years.
"That would not have been possible without the support and generosity of the people living in this community," said James Phillips, editor and publisher of the Daily Mountain Eagle. "The people of Walker County have contributed thousands of dollars to the Eagle Christmas Shoe Fund over the past 30 years, and we would like to thank them for their support."
Donations to the Eagle Shoe Fund are now being accepted and can be mailed to the Eagle at P.O. Box 1469, Jasper, AL, 35502 or dropped off at the Eagle office at 1301 Viking Drive in Jasper.
The Eagle Christmas Shoe Fund giveaway will be Saturday, Dec. 12 from 8 a.m. until noon at the DME office, located at 1301 Viking Drive in Jasper.
The person who provided the information for the application will be responsible for picking up the shoe vouchers.
All applicants will also be asked to bring a valid photo ID, proof of address and Social Security cards for themselves and their children on the day of the giveaway.
“We are excited to be able to continue this tradition of serving our community,” Phillips said. “This year, with the coronavirus and all the havoc that it has caused on local families, we are more thankful than ever to offer a little bit of help during the holidays.”