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story.lead_photo.caption FILE: SERVE reached out to Callaway County schools about its surplus of shoes.

SERVE, Inc., has 30 pallets full of new children's shoes on hand.

After Saturday, the organization hopes the shoes will be on the feet of those who need them.

The public is invited to find a new pair of shoes 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Callaway Christian Church at 2051 Silver Drive.

"We have several hundred pairs in a variety of sizes — all children's sizes," SERVE Executive Director Courtney Harrison said.

Crocs, sandals and flip-flops in toddler and boy's and girl's sizes will be offered to attendees. There will not be tennis shoes.

The Dollar General Distribution Center donated the shoes to SERVE before the school year. Because of the pandemic, SERVE was unable to hold a traditional back-to-school fair and was left with hundreds of leftover shoes.

The shoes have been available for patrons of the food pantry, but there are still many pairs up for grabs. Anyone can come on Saturday — there are no income guidelines or paperwork requirements.

SERVE also reached out to Callaway County schools, Harrison said, so the schools can have a supply for students.

"They can have shoes to keep if a kid comes to school in need," Harrison said.

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