Neglected and abused children often don’t have proper shoes and in commemoration of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, being observed this month, DeKalb District Attorney Sherry Boston is cohosting a shoe drive to benefit DFACS.

The drive – titled ‘A Mile in their Shoes’ – is  co-sponsored by DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs. It is collecting new and lightly-worn shoes for boys, girls and teens through April 30 at eight  recrestion centers across the county.

Boston says the donated shoes will go to the DeKalb County Division of Family and Children Services (DFACS) to benefit the children it serves.

The drive is also helping to build awareness about the existence of child abuse in the community and focus attention on prevention.

Boston’s office says the  inaugural children’s shoe drive figuratively and literally acknowledges  the plight of children suffering from abuse.  

“We want to raise awareness about this critical issue while filling a practical need that provides a measure of comfort and care,” Boston said.

 The drop-off locations for donated shoes are:

   Browns Mill Recreation Center, 5101 Browns Mill Rd, Lithonia,GA,30038

   Exchange Recreation Center, 2771 Columbia Drive, Decatur, GA 30034 

   Gresham Recreation Center, 3113 Gresham Road, Atlanta, GA 30316

   Hamilton Recreation Center, 3263 Chapel Street, Scottdale, GA 30079

   Lucious Sanders Recreation Center, 2484 Bruce Street, Lithonia, GA 30058

   Mason Mill Recreation Center, 1340-B McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033

   N.H. Scott Recreation Center, 2230 Tilson Road, Decatur, GA 30032

  Tobie Grant Recreation Center, 644 Parkdale Drive, Scottdale, GA 30079