Sole to Soul gives kids shoes — and con­fi­dence

BOU­QUETS >> To Sole to Soul for sup­ply­ing 2,000 of pairs of shoes to young­sters dur­ing its an­nual shoe giveaway Oct. 10 at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lo­rain County Desich Fam­ily Cam­pus, 4111 Pearl Ave. in Lo­rain.

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - OPINION -

In 2007, Lori Cam­pana and her sis­ter-in-law Lau­rie Bove es­tab­lished Sole to Soul to dis­trib­ute shoes to chil­dren be­tween the ages of 6 and 18.

To date, Sole to Soul has given out 22,000 pairs of shoes to Lo­rain County chil­dren.

Cam­pana said, “It just gives them so much more con­fi­dence walk­ing to school with shoes that fit them that aren’t tat­tered and torn up.”

The idea for the giveaway, Cam­pana said, came after lis­ten­ing to for­mer NBA player Stephon Mar­bury on a ra­dio show dis­cussing his new line of dis­count shoes, the Star­bury’s.

Cam­pana said, “He did it so moms and dads didn’t have to break the bank for a new pair of shoes.”

After be­gin­ning with the Star­bury’s, Soul to Sole handed out pairs of Nike run­ning shoes along with Hal­loween del­i­ca­cies.

We com­mend Cam­pana and Bove for their con­tri­bu­tions.

BOU­QUETS » To Navy Chief Hos­pi­tal Corps­man Melissa Burke of Avon Lake, who re­cently was pro­moted to chief petty of­fi­cer, an ac­com­plish­ment that only one in five el­i­gi­ble sailors achieve each year.

Burke, a 1993 grad­u­ate of Avon Lake High School, cur­rently is serv­ing with he­li­copter Mar­itime Strike 40.

Burke said, “Be­ing se­lected was so ex­cit­ing for me and my fam­ily. With­out the sup­port and men­tor­ship, I would not have cho­sen the di­rec­tion that I took. Achiev­ing the ti­tle of ‘navy chief’ is a ma­jor honor and mile­stone.”

Ac­cord­ing to a Navy per­son­nel com­mand me­dia re­lease, there are only 8.5 per­cent of sailors cur­rently serv­ing at the chief petty of­fi­cer rank.

Burke said, “Things that have helped me be se­lected to chief in­clude hav­ing a great men­tor and fam­ily sup­port. With­out the help of the Urbin fam­ily (her fam­ily), I would not be the sailor I am to­day.”

Dur­ing the pro­mo­tion cer­e­mony, the Navy hon­ored the sailors and in­vited friends and fam­ily mem­bers to pin on the two gold an­chors that adorn the newly ap­pointed chiefs’ uni­forms, while the sailor’s spon­sor placed the com­bi­na­tion cover on their heads.

Burke also thanked her son, Alexan­der Sth­nei­der, for putting up with her dur­ing her rough mo­ments.

She said Sth­nei­der’s hugs and sup­port truly kept her to­gether many nights.

And we con­grat­u­late for Burke on her pro­mo­tion and thank her for her ser­vice to our coun­try.

BRICK­BATS » To Ge­orge J. All­ford IV, the 36-year-old Elyria man who will spend a year in jail for two counts of gross sex­ual im­po­si­tion.

All­ford was sen­tenced Oct. 4 by Lo­rain County Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Christo­pher R. Rothgery. All­ford pleaded guilty. Elyria po­lice said the in­ci­dent took place Oct. 22, 2016, and was re­ported by the vic­tim’s fam­ily.

All­ford in­ap­pro­pri­ately touched the girl, who was younger than the age of 13 at the time of the in­ci­dent.

As part of the sen­tence, when All­ford is re­leased from jail, he will reg­is­ter as a tierIII sex of­fender for the rest of his life.

All­ford was pe­nal­ized for what he did to the girl. He should have kept his hands to him­self.

One good thing that came from All­ford’s ad­mis­sion is it spared the vic­tim from hav­ing to tes­tify in court.

BRICK­BATS » To Bran­del T. Bay­lock, the 24-year-old Lodi man who was sen­tenced to three years of com­mu­nity con­trol, with the six months at the Com­mu­nity Based Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity, on a slew of charges re­lated to a rob­bery and stab­bing.

Bay­lock pleaded guilty Sept. 6 to two counts of felo­nious as­sault and sin­gle counts of ag­gra­vated rob­bery and rob­bery. He re­ceived his pun­ish­ment Oct. 4.

Bay­lock ad­mit­ted he at­tempted to stab and car­jack mul­ti­ple peo­ple June 17 in the area of Broad Street and Mid­dle Av­enue in Elyria.

Po­lice said he at­tempted to stab one in­di­vid­ual in the stom­ach, but the vic­tim was able to block the blow and only re­ceived a wound to the right arm.

Bay­lock is very lucky he didn’t kill one of his vic­tims dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

While Bay­lock is be­hind bars for six months, hope­fully, he’ll re­flect on his crimes and learn from his mis­takes.

If he con­tin­ues to live that reck­less lifestyle, prison will be­come his per­ma­nent home.

... we con­grat­u­late for Burke on her pro­mo­tion and thank her for her ser­vice to our coun­try.

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