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When women and children flee domestic violence and seek help from shelters like Safe Harbor in Ashland, they often arrive with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing. “Many come to Safe Harbor without shoes or socks because it’s easier to get out of their home quietly if they are barefoot,” said David Hagerman, of King’s Daughters Information Services and Technology. “That really hit me, and I wanted to do something to help.” 

Hagerman is spearheading a shoe and sock drive to benefit the women and children who come to Safe Harbor. New/lightly worn shoes, new socks and flip-flops are being sought in sizes from newborn to adult. 

The drive runs through June 27. “We have several area organizations and businesses that have graciously agreed to be drop-off locations,” Hagerman said. These include: 

  • Steen’s Antique Emporium, 1510 Winchester Ave., Ashland
  • BWH Security, 7349 U.S. 60, Ashland
  • Kentucky Farmer’s Bank (three locations), 835 Carter Ave., Ashland; 6313 U.S. 60, Ashland; and 2500 Broadway St., Catlettsburg
  • Ohio University Southern Campus, 1804 Liberty Ave., Ironton
  • Crossfit Thunder, 2516A Fifth Ave., Huntington (garage door in rear) 

KDMC team members also will be participating. 

For those who would like to donate to the shoe and sock drive but are unable to make it to a drop-off location, please contact Hagerman by email to to arrange pickup. 

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