OAKLAND -- An Oakland organization that assists families of murder victims is collecting shoes on Saturday to raise money for a scholarship fund and summer camp activities.
USAgain, a textile recycling company, has partnered with the Christopher LaVell Jones Foundation, which provides money for the Chris Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund and Camp CJ activities.
Jones, 17, was killed in Oakland on the evening of Dec. 31, 2010, as he helped his older sister put her 5-month-old daughter into a car in the 7400 block of Fresno Street. The slaying remains unsolved.
The drive will accept all kinds of dry and clean shoes, including unmatched shoes, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Seventh Avenue Baptist Church, 1740 7th Ave., Oakland. Organizers are aiming to collect 2,500 pairs of shoes.
While the drive will raise money for the foundation and be used for college sponsorships and summer camp activities, it will also divert some of the approximately 300 million pairs of shoes that are sent to landfills annually, according to data from a sustainability group called Recyclebank.
The foundation offers a $1,000 scholarship for a senior graduating from East Oakland School of the Arts. CJ Camp is a three-day performing arts camp to be held later this year.
For more information, go to www.christopherlavelljonesfoundationinc.org.
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