ASHTABULA — The G.O. Community Development Corporation plans to give area residents the boot.

A non-profit organization since 1999, G.O. CDC will distribute winter boots to the needy from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 18-19 at 3703 Station Ave. (the former Thurgood Marshall Elementary School).

“Winter weather is coming soon,” said G.O. CDC Director Frances Norman. “We want to help anyone in need to stay warm. We will order you boots if your size is not in stock.”

Coats, hats, gloves and blankets also will be available, while supplies last. Adults must bring identification and must be present to receive items.

G.O. CDC also runs a soup kitchen, a recreation center and gym, a clothing bank, shoe closet and other outreach activities. The organization works with Birthcare, Helping Independent Parents (HIP), NarAnon and other groups.

“We also have an annual free Thanksgiving dinner and a Christmas party where we give out free toys and gifts to 400 kids,” said Drew Thomas, president of G.O. CDC. “In August, we had a back-to-school giveaway where we gave away backpacks filled with school supplies.”

G.O. CDC is the result of the research, planning and coordination of John and the late Mae Salters and the Salters family. The Salters’ vision is to provide a family center committed to providing food, clothing and help for the community. 

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