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April 19, 2024

2024 Many More Miles Campaign Concludes with Shoe Distribution to Give Back to Families in Need & Homeless

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Daphne, AL (April 18, 2024) – Hundreds of people in Baldwin and Mobile Counties recently donated gently used shoes to Baldwin Bone & Joint’s 20th Annual Many More Miles Campaign, resulting in a record-breaking 5,000+ pairs of shoes finding new life.

Baldwin Bone & Joint PC, City Hope Church, the University of South Alabama Student Recreation Center, McCoy Outdoors, White-Spunner Realty, and Baldwin County schools partnered to collect shoes for families in need and area homeless populations. The campaign, now in its 20th year, got off to a running start in January and concluded last week with shoe distribution to various local organizations.

Photo: J Larry Newton School Clothing Closet – (L-R) Will Wiggins, Director of Operations and Executive Administrator of Baldwin Bone & Joint and Tonya Harrelson, Principal of J. Larry Newton School

MMM 1st Place Winners- (L-R) Principal Tonya Harrelson, Keith Trimew, Peer Helper students, Lee Ann Collins, and Loni Burgess of J Larry Newton School, and Will Wiggins, Director of Operations and Executive Administrator of Baldwin Bone & Joint

Baldwin County students were challenged to collect shoes for area families in need while earning money for their schools’ P.E. programs. The top three individual schools listed below brought in the greatest number of shoes and each received a check from Baldwin Bone & Joint:

  • 1st Place: J. Larry Newton Elementary (1077 pairs) – $500 award
  • 2nd Place: Fairhope East Elementary (851 pairs) – $300 award
  • 3rd Place: Foley Elementary (683 pairs) – $200 award

Overall Class/Teacher Winner – Catherine Spencer, Foley Elementary (207 pairs) – Cash prize & Chick-Fil-A class party provided by City Hope Church.

Recognition and appreciation to Rockwell Elementary, Spanish Fort Elementary, Spanish Fort Middle, and Fairhope West Elementary for their additional contributions.

Over the years, shoes donated by the local schools have provided a large collective donation to this important campaign. The response from the community and staff and patients of Baldwin Bone & Joint also made a significant contribution to this year’s campaign.

Under the experienced distribution of City Hope Church Outreach Coordinator Genna VanVarden and her team, these shoes will go directly to those in need including:

  • Empowering People
  • McKemie Place
  • Waterfront Rescue Mission
  • Salvation Army
  • Baldwin County Foster Parents Association
  • Fostering Together Gulf Coast
  • Baldwin Family Village
  • Ecumenical Ministries
  • CityHope Homeless Ministry
  • Baldwin County schools’ clothing closets
  • Mobile’s Homeless Community
  • The Dream Center- San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Catherine Spencer’s Overall Winning Class- (L-R) Will Wiggins, Director of Operations and Executive Administrator of Baldwin Bone & Joint, Chloe Crosby, students, Catherine Spencer of Foley Elementary, and Genna VanVarden of City Hope Church

VanVarden said, “City Hope Church was thrilled to partner with the Many More Miles campaign for the third year in a row. We are excited to be actively getting the collected shoes on the feet of those who need them most. These shoes are distributed to local organizations and schools as well as foster families right here in our community.

We consider it a huge blessing to be able to provide shoes to those in need and are so thankful to come alongside Baldwin Bone and Joint’s Many More Miles campaign to effectively reach our community – one pair of shoes at a time. Thankfully because of all those who participated, every pair of shoes collected represents a person who will now walk in hope!”

Since 1989, Baldwin Bone & Joint has provided expert orthopaedic care to patients of all ages, with all conditions. As fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons and experienced clinicians, they are recognized leaders in the field of orthopaedics, providing the most current treatment available. With 20 licensed medical providers on staff, Baldwin Bone & Joint is the largest privately-owned orthopaedic specialty practice in Baldwin County. Office locations include Daphne, Bay Minette, Foley, Fairhope and Atmore, Al. Specialized clinics available are The Spine Institute at Baldwin Bone & Joint, The Center for Sports Medicine, The Shoulder Center at Baldwin Bone & Joint and The Osteo Health Clinic. To learn more visit or call 251.625.2663.

City Hope is one church with multiple locations, both in Alabama and around the world. If there’s one message everyone wants to be a part of, it’s the message of hope. No matter what corner of the Earth we find ourselves in, we aim to bring hope into every life, every home, every city. We also believe in the power of family. Our goal is to fight for the absolute best for your family –– financially, spiritually, and developmentally. To learn more visit