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Funds raised to provide shoes for students in need

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SALYERSVILLE – A couple of weeks ago a Magoffin man was giving out fans to children in need.  Over 600 fans later, in a day’s time he has raised enough money to meet yet another need in the community.

On Tuesday this week, a man who wants to remain anonymous visited Paul Montgomery, a Salyersville city councilman and member of the Salyersville Masonic Lodge, at his home and handed him $2,500 in cash.

“He told me to use it to get some kids ready for school,” Montgomery said. “So, that’s what we’re going to do.”

Montgomery contacted the family resource directors in Magoffin County schools and they decided the money could best be used to buy shoes for children in need.

A quick Facebook post later, Montgomery was visited by another anonymous man who wrote a check for $3,000 on July 28, effectively raising enough money in two donations to give each school in the county $1,000 to buy shoes and socks for the kids who need it the most.

“The girls in these family resource centers know their kids and their needs,” Montgomery said. “I couldn’t do any of this without them.”

Just as with “Operation Cool Kids,” any leftover funds will go toward the Masonic Lodge’s annual Coats for Kids program, where they provide each child $100 to go toward purchasing much-needed items for winter, such as coats, boots, blankets, pillows, etc. In that program, the lodge also works with the family resource directors to find the children in need and determine what items to buy.

Last year the Coats for Kids program served 90 Magoffin County students and Montgomery said the goal is to help 100 children this year, with a target of $10,000.

“There’s a lot of needs in this community and we’re going to do what we can to fill those needs whenever possible,” Montgomery said.

He said fundraising for the Coats for Kids program will start in September.
 

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