Area charity provides shoes for storm victims
NORTH COVENTRY » When Ron Miller and Holly WastlerMiller say they want to put “boots on the ground” in flood-ravaged Texas, they mean it, literally.
The couple are the force behind In Ian’s Boots, a small non-profit organization based in North Coventry that provides free shoes to the needy.
The Millers spent Labor Day weekend in a 2005 Chevy van with more than 200,000 miles on the odometer, and a cargo area stuffed with shoes and socks, headed for the Lone Star State.
Specifically, the Millers headed for Katy, Texas, a town about 25 miles west of Houston where their friend and former North Coventry resident Barbara Kosciewicz now lives.
Kosciewicz and her husband Paul have so far managed to avoid major flood damage in their home, but their town and neighborhood are suffering.
She put the Millers in touch with a nearby shelter in Katy named Hope Impacts, which normally houses about 60 homeless people, but is now “holding as many people as they can, said WastlerMiller.
And next door is a clothing and shoe donation center named Clothed By Faith.
For their project, they teamed up with another Malvern-based charity named The Joy of Socks, which provides new socks to the needy.
“So we’ve got more than 1,000 pairs of flip-flops, sneakers, sketcher crocs, work boots and rain boots, as well as 940 pairs of new socks, that we have stuffed into that old van of ours,” Wastler-Miller said. “And we’ll get down there as soon as we can.”
The charity began after the couple’s only son Ian was killed in a sledding accident in 2010 at the age of 12.
Emergency doctors who tried to save Ian found a message in one of his snow boots, a Bible verse which reads: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Donations can be left in the drop box outside their warehouse off Route 100, next to Diane’s Discount Pets and behind Hudson’s Gun Shop.
Monetary donations can also be mailed to: In Ian’s Boots, 1486 S. Hanover Dr., Pottstown, PA 19465.
Online donations can be made through — http://iniansboots.org/home.html — the charity’s web site