New shoes for back to school

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VICTORIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — A Back to School Shoe Drive was co­or­di­nated on Mon­day, Aug. 22, by com­mu­nity-man Armah Dashiell through his newly founded or­ga­ni­za­tion, A Voice for Our Com­mu­nity, LLC.

More than 120 chil­dren across all grade lev­els were given new shoes, mostly sneak­ers, to pre­pare them for the upcoming school year. In­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses also were in­vited to give a mone­tary do­na­tion if they were not able to pur­chase and de­liver the shoes.

Fam­i­lies from all over the Del­marva re­gion regis­tered for the pro­gram. Par­ents and grand­par­ents trav­elled from near and far with their chil­dren to the Em­pow­er­ment Cen­ter in Cam­bridge on Mon­day to re­ceive their shoes.

“We put our heads to­gether a few months ago and came up with this con­cept of, ‘How can we show an act of love un­der one roof?’ As you can see, it has brought us here,” Dashiell said.

In ad­di­tion to shoes, back­packs and var­i­ous school sup­plies were handed out, re­fresh­ments were avail­able, and YouTube sen­sa­tion No Cash per­formed his new sin­gle “Vote for Me” for the crowd. A DJ kept the party go­ing through­out the event.

“I wanted the op­por­tu­nity to bring all the par­ents and chil­dren to­gether. There’s a lot of dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tions un­der one roof,” Dashiell said of the event.

Or­ga­ni­za­tions such as Bring Cam­bridge Back, Fire­flies Den­ton, Lost Kingz, and An­chor Point, and in­di­vid­ual cit­i­zens con­trib­uted to mak­ing the event suc­cess­ful.

For more in­for­ma­tion about A Voice for Our Com­mu­nity, LLC, visit the Face­book page www.face­book.com/ a voice for our com­mu­nityllc.

PHOTO BY VICTORIA WIN­GATE

Bring Cam­bridge Back was one of the ad­di­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions sup­port­ing the Back to School Sneaker Drive.

PHOTO BY VICTORIA WIN­GATE

A child re­ceives shoes cho­sen just for her by gen­er­ous donors of the Back to School Sneaker Drive in Cam­bridge Mon­day, Aug. 22.

It was a packed house at the Em­pow­er­ment Cen­ter for the Back to School Sneaker Drive.

PHO­TOS BY VICTORIA WIN­GATE

Armah Dashiell, founder of A Voice for Our Com­mu­nity, LLC, presents a pair of shoes to a young­ster at the Back to School Sneaker Drive on Mon­day, Aug. 22.

A child re­ceives shoes cho­sen just for her by gen­er­ous donors of the Back to School Sneaker Drive in Cam­bridge Mon­day, Aug. 22.

The win­ner of this dance-off, the lit­tle lady in blue, was given a new, do­nated back­pack.

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