Shoes continue to give hope

By Sam Wildow -

MIAMI COUNTY — With the season of giving beginning to bloom, Well of Hope America (WOHA), is continuing to collect shoes this season to help support widows and orphans in the Kiserian area of Kenya.

“We send (the shoes) over in containers,” Nancy Flory of WOHA said. “With the container, the money they get, they buy property for widows – one acre lots – and give these widows a place to live.”

WOHA helps women establish themselves financially. Flora explained that with WOHA, women help themselves who have been forced out of the homes they shared with their husbands after their husbands passed away.

“It gives them an opportunity to have a little plot of ground to call their own,” Flory said. “It’s a mansion to them … It’s definitely a blessing for them.”

WOHA, connected with Well of Hope International, is a Christian non-profit that also raises awareness about health care, helps develop smaller self-help groups termed “widows-based organizations” in order to promote small-scale business, and assists in education.

“We have shoe drops in Piqua, Troy, Sidney,” Flory said. “We do have several routes that different people go to collect these shoes weekly.”

According to their website, drop locations for shoes include:

• Covington Savings & Loan, 223 N. Miami St., Bradford

• Covington Savings & Loan, 117 N. High St., Covington

• Harold and Nancy Flory, 5225 W. Myers Road, Covington

• East of Chicago Pizza, 1560 Covington Ave., Piqua

• Grace Christian Bookstore, 1210 East Ash St., Piqua

• Piqua Baptist Church, 1402 W. High St., Piqua

• Sunset Cleaners, 111 S Downing St., Piqua

• Elizabeth Township Community Center, 5760 W. Walnut-Grove Road, Troy

• Salvation Army, 707 S. Crawford St., Troy

• Sunset Cleaners — drop at counter, 25 S. Elm St., Troy

• Salvation Army, 419 Buckeye Ave., Sidney

• Trinity Church of Brethren, 2220 N. Main Ave, Sidney

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By Sam Wildow

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall