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Matheny Motors collects athletic shoes for kids

Donated new athletic shoes for the Kicks for Kids shoe drive fill a truck this week at Matheny Motors on Ann Street. From left are Tim Matheny, Sharon Marks, Marta Bailey, Jon Six and Randal Price. The shoes will be provided to Mid-Ohio Valley children as the need arises. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Businesses and individuals provided 250 pairs of new athletic shoes for children in the Mid-Ohio Valley this summer as part of the Kicks for Kids shoe drive.

Additional athletic shoes, for kids from pre-kindergarten through high school, will be provided from the proceeds of the July 27 Kicks for Kids 5K run and walk in Parkersburg, sponsored by the River City Runners and Walkers Club.

Last year, about 120 pairs of athletic shoes were provided through Kicks for Kids.

Customers, friends and employees of Matheny Motors in Parkersburg provided the 250 pairs of new athletic shoes, which were collected at the dealership. Corporate partners in the shoe drive included Jon Six, Garfield Car Wash, MAKO Medical and Melissa Ross.

Some people provided monetary donations to purchase shoes.

The shoes were delivered to a Wood County Schools storage area this week before being distributed to children who need them.

The shoes are kept in a “shoe closet” until school nurses inform Karen Northrup, a Wood County Schools nurse, or Sharon Marks, a Parkersburg High School teacher, that a child needs a new pair of athletic shoes.

The new athletic shoes allow children to remain active in school activities and in healthy activities after school, said Monica Matheny, director of marketing at Matheny Motors.

Matheny said she hopes the shoe drive will continue next year.

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