News Release

November 25, 2009

Contact: Chris DeFrancesco, 860-679-3914

Photos: Footwear, Foot Care for Those in Need

FARMINGTON, CONN. Following are photos from Our Hearts to Your Soles, an annual Thanksgiving week effort to provide shoes and free foot care at homeless shelters throughout the country. On November 24, health care providers from the University of Connecticut Health Center staffed two locations in New Britain: the Salvation Army on Franklin Square and the Friendship Service Center on Arch Street. Red Wing Shoes donated several thousand pairs of shoes for this cause, and Soles4Souls, a nonprofit that facilitates the donation of footwear, distributed them.

Caption: Ronald Buxton, of New Britain, accepts a new pair of boots at the Friendship Service Center in New Britain, where cast technician Kathleen York (right) and other volunteers from the UConn Health Center offered free foot exams and handed out proper footwear as part of an annual Thanksgiving week effort taking place at homeless shelters nationwide.

Caption: Dr. Michael Aronow (standing), orthopedic foot surgeon, and Dr. Fernando Checo, orthopedic resident, from the UConn Health Center, provide a foot exam at the Friendship Service Center in New Britain. It was one of more than 40 sites involved in an annual mission of providing free foot care and new shoes at homeless shelters throughout the country during Thanksgiving week.

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