2013 Junior SOS
Betty Ladwig, Chairperson-Ellen Taylor Foundation for Junior Shaggers
March 9, 2013
Junior SOS 2013 is just around the corner, July 16-21. Let’s get an early start and mark these dates on our calendars.
Our supply of shoes for the JUNIOR SHAGGERS continues to grow. We only ask that before you donate these shoes, please be certain they are ‘dance shoes’ in good condition and appropriate for our Juniors. Thank you for this consideration.
Good news! We have nearly 500 pairs of shoes ready to be distributed to the juniors during Junior SOS. Volunteers are getting ready and we hope you are too.
The main shoe drop location at The Shoe Center, 710 Hwy 17 South, Suite 1 in North Myrtle Beach, SC (behind Denny’s & BB&T, next to Big Lots) is working well. Shoes continue to be donated at this location throughout the year.
We are currently scheduling volunteers who are willing to work 4 hour shifts in the shoe salon. This entails helping the juniors (accompanied by an adult) find shoes that fit, keeping the shoes as organized as possible on the tables (by gender and size) for easy accessibility.
IF YOU CAN SPARE 3 TO 4 HOURS AND ARE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING, PLEASE DO. WE NEED AND WELCOME YOUR HELP!!!
TWENTY VOLUNTEERS will be needed to cover a minimum of 140 hours during Junior SOS. We distribute over 200 pairs of shoes and sometimes take in as many pairs as we distribute.
We are happy and proud of the success of the Shoe Program within the Ellen Taylor Foundation. We appreciate the shoes donated by individuals and clubs. From cash donations we have been able to purchase some black, lace-up shoes in small sizes that are appropriate for both boys and girls.
Please, remember that if you obtain a NEW pair of shoes in the smaller size and your child does not continue to participate as a Junior Shagger or your child out grows that shoe, please donate them back to be passed on to another youngster in need of a small size. Thank you for your thoughtfulness.
‘Thanks’ always to our two main men who help transport the shoes from the Chamber of Commerce warehouse to Junior SOS (and back again) as well as keep track of the shoes distributed and donated during this event; to the volunteers for their numerous hours distributing these shoes to our juniors; and
to the Ocean Resort Hotel for the space/room provided for the shoe salon.
We currently have over 500 pairs of shoes stored in the Chamber of Commerce warehouse. As in the past we will bring those shoes to the Ocean Resort Hotel for Junior SOS.
Please Juniors, once you have registered for Junior SOS 2013 come with an adult and select a pair of shoes.
We are always in need of the smaller sizes for our newer, younger juniors. Thanks for your interest in supporting the Shoe Program within the Ellen Taylor Foundation for Junior Shaggers.
This program is NOT an EXCHANGE program in any sense of the word. It is NOT A REQUIREMENT for a Junior Shag Dancer to bring in a pair of shoes in order to receive a pair from the program.
Junior Shaggers, thank you for the appreciation you show by your happy smiles and your kind words.
The Shoe Program is JUST ONE of the programs within the Ellen Taylor Foundation for Junior Shaggers. Please take the time to visit the Junior Shaggers web site (www.juniorshaggers.com) and the Ellen Taylor Foundation for Junior Shaggers (www.ellentaylorfoundation.org) to learn more about these organizations.
Thanks to everyone for your continued help and support.
Betty Ladwig, pictured with JSA member Takyh Watts
Chairperson, Shoe Program
Ellen Taylor Foundation for Junior Shaggers