One of the most important ministries that our church offers to the Dodge City community is our shoe project. For several years, Dodge City First UMC has been giving away shoes at the start of the school year to help families afford good, quality shoes for their children as they return to school. Each year, approximately $8000 is raised to provide over 300 vouchers valued at $25 each, to be used at local merchants who exchange the vouchers for new shoes.
Most of these funds are raised through the generosity of members within our congregation. A number of local individuals and businesses also contribute because they recognize the importance of this ministry.
On enrollment day, families will come to First UMC with their enrollment verification, and can receive one voucher for each child up to a maximum three per family. This allows Dodge City children to be prepared for the new school year with shoes that will keep them safe, warm, and provide pride as these children begin their new year.
If you would like to donate to this great outreach, you may do so by designating your gift for “SHOE PROJECT” and either sending it or bringing it to First United Methodist Church, 210 Soule, Dodge City, KS 67801. All gifts are genuinely appreciated.