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Big shoes, big goal

Sat, Sep 17 2011 12:00 PM Posted By: Nohely Mendoza

Size 14 red shoes, colorful wigs and huge signs will invade the crosswalks of the South Bay on Sept. 28.

San Diego's Ronald McDonald House volunteers will be fundraising in the streets during their second annual Red Shoe Day.

"Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for children," said Chuck Day, president/CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. "The funds are going to help us do what we do every day."

"Street team" volunteers are needed to collect cash donations at major intersections in Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City and Paradise Hills.

"We are looking for 1,000 volunteers, we have about 600 right now," said Day.

Those that wish to volunteer can visit www.rmhcsd.org/redshoeday and follow the instructions to register, attend orientation, and get started on a personalized fundraising page.

"We will provide Red Shoe Day shirts, website tool kits and canisters," said Day. "We are going to give them what they need to make it possible. Volunteers will be at a lot of street corners and McDonald's drive-thru lines; you'll definitely be able to recognize them."

For those who would like to contribute without volunteering, donations can be made online by texting "redshoe" to 20222, driving to any Red Shoe intersection, and by mailing a check payable to RMHC-SD, 2929 Childrens Way, San Diego, CA 92123.

The street corners that will have volunteers will be Bonita Road and Otay Lakes Road, H Street and Paseo Ranchero, H Street and Broadway, Hilltop Drive and L Street, Highway 805 at Telegraph Canyon Road, East H Street and Tierra Del Rey, Palm Avenue and Ninth Street, Coronado Avenue and Hollister Street, Palm Avenue and Saturn Boulevard, National City Boulevard and 24th Street, National City Boulevard and East Eighth Street.

"I live in Bonita and I personally will be moving around town saying thank you to the volunteers," said Day.

Last year the McDonald House raised around $70,000; this year the goal has been raised to $100,000.

"Every dollar stays at the San Diego Ronald McDonald House," said Day.

The deadline to volunteer is Tuesday, Sept. 20, and the event will be from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 28 at major intersections in the South Bay. To find out more information or to see upcoming fundraising events visit the Ronald McDonald website or call (858) 598-2456.


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