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Friday, May 10 2013 10:31 AM

'First Look': Shoe drive helps the homeless

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    Rosco Rolnick, owner of Guarantee Shoe Center, talks about the 20th annual shoe drive to benefit the Bakersfield Homeless Center during an appearance Friday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Imagine your day without decent shoes on your feet. For work. For play. For safety.

"Shoes are so important to your health, your well-being, your esteem," Rosco Rolnick, owner of Guarantee Shoe Center, said Friday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

To get shoes on the feet of those who need them, Rolnick is running his annual shoe drive. Over the course of 20 years, more than 50,000 pairs of shoes have gone to the Bakersfield Homeless Center, Rolnick said.

Here's how it works: Turn in a useable pair of shoes, and get $10 off a single pair of shoes costing $60 or more at the store.

Rolnick, in the shoe business for 60 years, said he sees the need to help just by being downtown at 21st Street and Chester Avenue.

The Bakersfield Homeless Center is a place that helps.

"The people that they serve are people like you and I," Rolnick told simulcast host Scott Cox. He added, "The need is really great over there."

The shoe drive runs through May 26.

 

 

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