NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - It was two years to the day that 4-year-old Dane Shaw died in a Nacogdoches house fire, along with his grandmother. The child's memory is carried on by the ones who knew and loved him.
Adventure Island Learning Center, Dane's pre-school, is conducting its second annual Dane Shaw Shoe Drive and Fun Day. Shoes will be collected at the daycare on Northeast Stallings Drive or Shaw Photography on North Street until Friday. New or lightly used shoes of all sizes are requested.
"We will be giving them to different charities in the community," said Tracy Linwood, the shoe drive's coordinator and the director of the Adventure Island Learning Center. "Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Fredonia Hill Baptist Church, Glory Gang partnered with First Baptist Church. Also Shared Blessings and Hospice Shop are partnering together to give shoes back to the community."
Last year, 338 pairs of shoes were donated. Organizers want to double that amount this year. On Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Adventure Island will have a Dane Shaw Fun Day, complete with all the activities Dane loved. There will be bounce houses, refreshments, and a visit by the police and fire departments. The public is invited.