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Shoes for the needy is Christmas goal of Baptist college & radio station

BLUEFIELD, Va. (BP)–Bluefield College and local Christian radio station PAR-FM have joined forces to provide hundreds of new shoes to underprivileged children in the Bluefield, Va., area.

The venture, titled “Christmas Shoes for Kids,” will feature a Dec. 2 concert with award-winning contemporary Christian band Newsong. In keeping with the Christmas shoes theme, admission to the concert will be a new pair of shoes or $10 at the door.

After the concert, the new shoes will go to the Bluefield Union Mission where they will be distributed during the holiday season.

The idea behind the “Christmas Shoes for Kids” project, in fact, comes from a recently released Newsong recording, “The Christmas Shoes.” The song tells the story of a young boy whose mother is dying of cancer. He wants to save his money to buy her a new pair of Christmas shoes so that she will have them when she dies and goes to heaven. The story takes place at a shoe store where the boy not only shares his story with the cashier, but also finds himself short of enough money to buy the shoes.

The concert will be just the beginning of the “Christmas Shoes for Kids” project, with Bluefield College and PAR-FM planning to continue encouraging area residents to give new shoes to the effort.

“We’re expecting a minimum of 1,600 people to attend the Newsong concert in the Dome,” said Chris Shoemaker, director of public relations at Bluefield College, affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia. “That’s at least a thousand new pairs of shoes for underprivileged youth in this area.”

For more information about the “Christmas Shoes for Kids” project, Bluefield College can be contacted at (540) 326-4212.

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