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TRL Makes Shoe Drive an Official Project

TRL has a new way for runners to give back to the community. At its April 16 meeting, the TRL board unanimously approved making participation in Operation Nightwatch’s shoes-for-the-homeless drive an official TRL project.

Operation Nightwatch (http://www.operationnightwatch.org) is a local service program primarily designed to provide after-hours hospitality to the homeless. “Aside from shelters, [we] are the only agency serving the homeless at night,” says David Groff, who chairs its board of directors.

As a sideline to that primary program, Operation Nightwatch also offers varying forms of foot care, including shoes for those who need them. And nothing is better for this than a running shoe that’s outlived its running life but still has plenty of walking miles left in it.

The homeless, Groff notes, spend a lot of time on their feet. “Having comfortable, serviceable shoes makes a big difference,” he says. “We really appreciate Team Red Lizard’s generosity.”

For many Lizards this project is nothing new: for several years they’ve used it to turn closet cleaning into a community-benefiting event. “It’s your classic win-win,” says TRL coach Rick Lovett.

The shoe drive now joins TRL’s longstanding commitment to other service projects, including the Special Olympics, marathon and half-marathon pacing, the Portland Marathon aid station, and the Blanchet House.

If you want to donate, there’s no need to wait for an official announcement. “Just get them into my hands,” Lovett says, “and I’ll get them where they need to go.”

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