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Sanford girl on a mission to help local veterans

Posted November 11, 2015

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— An 11-year-old Sanford girl is on a mission to help veterans by collecting shoes and raising money.

"We take old shoes. They just can't have a hole bigger than a quarter," said Claire Ledford.

This is the second year Ledford is raising money for the Veterans Leadership Council. She works with an organization that will buy the donated shoes and fix them to sell in developing countries. The money raised will stay in North Carolina to help local veterans.

"They are risking their lives every single day they are out there, and we are at home in our comfy chairs and big, nice houses with air conditioning. They are out there in the weather, and we should really give back to them when they get home," Ledford said.

The Flip Flops to Combat Boots project will run through November. Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

Alamance County

  • Alamance Sheriff’s Office, 109 S. Maple St., Graham

Ashe County

  • Jordan and Jordan Law Offices, 409-D S. Main St., Jefferson

Brunswick County

  • Shallotte Rent-all, 121 Village Road Southwest, Shallotte

Chatham County

  • Allstate Office, Siler Crossing, 102 Siler Crossing, Suite 2, Siler City

Forsyth County

  • Dance Explosion School of Performing Arts, 3818 Clemmons Road, Clemmons
  • SoFo Vapes, 5088 Peters Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem

Harnett County

  • Elmore Furniture Company, 126 N. Clinton Ave., Dunn

Lee County

  • Adcock Rental and Associates, 1111 S. Horner Blvd., Sanford
  • Chatlee Boat & Marine, 2615 Old Jefferson Davis Highway, Sanford
  • Hair Design Team, 123 Horner Blvd., Sanford
  • K & L Gun Sales, 1606 Westover Drive, Sanford
  • Knecht Chiropractic Center, 2631 S. Horner Blvd., Sanford
  • Lee County Sheriff’s Office, 1401 Elm St., Sanford
  • Tina’s Nails, 129B, N. Horner Blvd., Sanford

Mecklenburg County

  • Old Store Produce, 14720 Brown Mill Road, Huntersville

Moore County

  • Elmore Furniture Company, 15 Dawn Road, Pinehurst

Wake County

  • Veterans Leadership Council, 807 Spring Forest Road, Suite 2000, Raleigh
  • Briggs Hardware 111 E. Hargett St., Raleigh
  • Waste Industries, 3301 Benson Drive, Raleigh
  • Shear Elegance Salon, 2855 Jones Franklin Road, Raleigh
  • Sub Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt, 652 Holly Springs Road, Holly Springs


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