Ankle & Foot Care Centers donates footwear

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Neighbors | Submitted. Major Paul Moore of the Salvation Army was greeted by hundreds of shoes and socks recently collected by Ankle & Foot Care Centers. Pictured with Major Moore are staff members Stacy Doyle, Kevin Smotrilla, Kelly Anders and Debbie Minetti.

Several hundred pairs of shoes and socks were delivered to individuals and families in need as a result of the recent holiday drive led by Ankle & Foot Care Centers.

Across its network of 20 locations in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania, Ankle & Foot collected new and nearly new shoes donated by employees, podiatrists, patients and friends from late November through early January. The Salvation Army will distribute the shoes and socks to local individuals and families.

“Having proper footwear, especially in the winter months, is very important and we make it a priority each year to make sure more local individuals have good shoes and socks,” said Michael Vallas, practice administrator at Ankle & Foot Care Centers. “We have been partnering with the Salvation Army for 20 years and would like to thank its professionals and our community for their support.”

Ankle & Foot has collected thousands of pairs of shoes and socks since it began the drive in 1998. Ankle & Foot Care Centers is the region’s largest podiatric care provider, with physicians and surgeons serving patients at 20 local offices, located in Alliance, Andover, Austintown, Boardman (2), Campbell, Champion, Columbiana, Cornersburg, East Liverpool, East Palestine, Greenville (Pa.), Liberty, Niles, Poland, Ravenna, Salem, Struthers, Warren and Youngstown. Specific locations and other information are located on the group’s website, at www.ankleandfootcare.com.

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