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Soroptimists Donate to Shoe Drive

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Vista, CA March, 2024— Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland (SI Vista NCI) donated over 45 pairs of new and gently used shoes to Vista Deputy Mayor Katie Melendez for her Children’s Shoe Drive held in March. “March 15 is National Shoe the World Day,” said Melendez. “Hearing stories of children in our community struggling without shoes, I felt compelled to bring people together for this cause.” After putting the word out on social media, Melendez, who is a member of the Vista Soroptimist club, enlisted her club’s help. Shoe donations were collected at the club’s March 15 Lunch Meeting held at the Vista Village Pub, with more donations dropped off throughout the day at the Vista Civic Center’s Vistix office. The drive was also extended for an additional week. The shoes will be given to three local organizations: Operation HOPE homeless shelter, One Safe Place Family Justice Center and MAAC Project Vista.

For more information see soroptimistvista.org or contact Katie Melendez at kmelendez@cityofvista.com.

Shoe Drive Melendez.jpg: Vista Deputy Mayor Katie Melendez with shoe donations dropped off at the Vista Civic Center on March 15, National “Shoe the World” Day. (Courtesy Photo, permission granted to use).
Front (l-r): Soroptimist member Sherry Luz and guest speaker Summer Mason. Back (l-r): Soroptimist members Lani Beltrano, Elizabeth Freed, Katie Melendez, Jackie Huyck, Pat Origlieri, Susan Roncone, Club President Thora Soyland, Runa Gunnars, Nelly Jarrous and Allison Temples.

Soroptimists Shoe Drive Vista– Members of Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland hold up shoes donated to Vista Deputy Mayor Katie Melendez’s recent Children’s Shoe Drive. Melendez (third from left, standing) picked up the donations at the club’s monthly meeting at Vista Village Pub. (Summer Mason, a fitness trainer and professional soccer player, was the guest speaker at the meeting and is shown kneeling lower right.)  Courtesy photo by C. Contreras, permission granted to use.

ABOUT SOROPTIMISTS OF VISTA AND NORTH COUNTY INLAND: A global volunteer movement, Soroptimist International works to transform the lives of women and girls through a network of over 72,000 club members in 121 countries and territories worldwide.

Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland (SI Vista NCI) was chartered on March 23, 1953. A dynamic group of women primarily from Vista, San Marcos, Fallbrook, Bonsall and Escondido, the club seeks to make a difference in our community through offering scholarships and grants to local charities and by raising awareness and educating the public about issues affecting women and girls, such as domestic violence and human trafficking. For more information, see our website at soroptimistvista.org or email us at soroptimistinternationalvista@gmail.com.

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