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Shood and Fleet Feet Donate 400 Pairs of Running Shoes to Front-line Workers

For three years, Fleet Feet and Shood have worked together collecting and distributing new and gently used running shoes to those who are homeless or living in poverty. This time they’re also helping out health care workers.

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Richmond shoe retailer, Fleet Feet, has teamed with local nonprofit Shood (Shoes for Good) to deliver 400 pairs of running shoes donated by the On running shoe company to front-line nurses and physicians at VCU Health System. The shoes are being
delivered to the medical campus on Thursday, May 14.

“On Running is one of Fleet Feet’s top-selling brands in the Richmond market,” said Jeff Wells, owner of Fleet Feet Richmond. “When On reached out to us to offer their help during these challenging times, we took them up on their offer by asking for a shoe donation. We never expected two pallets worth of shoes!”

After learning the size of the donation, Wells contacted Shood, a local nonprofit that collects gently used running shoes, reconditions and distributes them to those who are homeless or living in poverty. For over three years, Fleet Feet has placed collection bins in its retail stores where customers can donate their worn running shoes to Shood. Wells knew that Shood would be capable of executing the logistics of distributing this sizeable load of shoes.

“We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of community support in these unprecedented times,” said Nathan Cunningham, patient experience manager for VCU Health, who is in charge of coordinating donations during COVID-19. “It has been a humbling experience. This particular donation is very fitting, as our team members are constantly on their feet and quite literally go the extra mile for our patients.”

To distribute 400 shoes to front-line workers, VCU Health is hosting an online giveaway inviting team members to submit their name, shoe size and shoe color preference.

“When I received the call from Fleet Feet asking Shood to help with distributing the On running shoes to those on the front line, I jumped at the chance to show Shood’s appreciation to those who are risking their lives to help others in Richmond,” said Robin Telfian, founder of Shood.

For three years, Fleet Feet and Shood have worked together collecting and distributing new and gently used running shoes to those who are homeless or living in poverty. Shood hosts monthly Shood Shares (Shoe Giveaways) at local soup kitchens and food pantries throughout Richmond.

Shood also works with Richmond’s inner-city John Marshall High School to size and fit the cross country and track teams with running shoes. As donations increase, Shood plans to assist additional inner-city high school teams.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Day after day hanging off, under, and all over a bridge has to be challenging work.

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The work on Nickel Bridge continues. A sign of hope though, it looked like yesterday, when this picture was taken, that they were taking down the coverings. A better reporter/photographer would have asked these gentlemen how much longer. Unfortunately in this case I’m most definitely not your huckleberry. Officially work is scheduled to continue “through the fall”.

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Bakery to Rise Up in Manchester

There’s some work to be done on the location and they hope to open up in January.

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Spotted on Instagram and Facebook is news of Wildcraft Focaccia Company picking a spot to set up shop in Manchester. They describe themselves as naturally leavened, garden-to-table, sourdough and focaccia bakery. I look forward to trying them out. They don’t state it but I’m pretty sure the address will be 1303 Hull Street.

Here’s what they said on FB about their location.

It’s finally official – I found a space. It’s taken way longer than I ever expected – I worked on several properties and had months-long negotiations three separate times. Then there was the huge chunk of time when I didn’t even look for properties during the initial covid months, but finally, after almost a year of looking, I’ve landed in Manchester! My plan as of now is getting the keys on October 1st and likely taking three months to work on the space (it needs some TLC and some layout changes) Then opening in early January. Thanks for hanging with me during my “photo only” phase and please continue to keep me company during the build-out process! I’m looking forward to seeing you in person in 2021!

 

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The Valentine’s popular Controversy/History series returns to address 2020’s impact

The Valentine’s popular conversation series will return virtually on Tuesday, October 6, co-hosted by Valentine Director Bill Martin and Coffee with Strangers host Kelli Lemon. The free, five-event series will focus on the evolving impacts of 2020, a year full of unexpected challenges and uncomfortable conversations, all amidst the backdrop of a global pandemic and massive social change.

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The Valentine’s popular conversation series will return virtually on Tuesday, October 6, co-hosted by Valentine Director Bill Martin and Coffee with Strangers host Kelli Lemon. The free, five-event series will focus on the evolving impacts of 2020, a year full of unexpected challenges and uncomfortable conversations, all amidst the backdrop of a global pandemic and massive social change.

“The Richmond community that entered 2020 is not the same community we find ourselves a part of today,” Valentine Director Martin said. “2020 has truly been a year of historic change, and it only makes sense to use our conversation series Controversy/History to examine those changes, how they have impacted the people of the Richmond Region and what we can do as a community to move forward together.”

Each virtual event will include an exciting lineup of guest speakers discussing contemporary issues and how 2020 has either upended or reinforced Richmond’s history, followed by questions from the audience and action steps for those inspired to get involved.

Here is a complete list of dates and topics:

October 6, 2020, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
2020 and Voting

November 3, 2020, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
2020 and Mental Health

December 1, 2020, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
2020 and Business

January 5, 2021, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
2021 and Education

February 2, 2021, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
2021 and Activism

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