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Shoe drive benefitting local nonprofit, families in need

April 14, 2019 / SouthCoastToday

Merrimack Valley Credit Union and Bridgewater Credit Union, a division of Merrimack Valley Credit Union, are hosting shoe drives at their local branches to collect donations for Lazarus House Ministries Inc. in Lawrence and GiftsToGive in Acushnet. The organization will also donate $5 to the nonprofits for every pair of gently used shoes collected, up to $10,000. “When preparing for our recent merger, we wanted to find a way to give back to the community, a value we share with our members,” said John J. Howard, president and CEO of Merrimack Valley Credit Union. “While many in our community regularly donate clothing to shelters and other organizations, some may not realize shoes can be donated too. Collecting gently used shoes families no longer need is a great way to rally our members and residents to help. Our matching donation will allow Lazarus House Ministries and GiftsToGive to benefit even more from the community’s generosity.