Back 2 School Sneaker Drive gives shoes to school kids

Dorchester Banner/Paul Clipper Raymond Farrare and Armah Dashiell welcome the crowd that squeezed into the Empowerment Center, while a large group waits outside.

Dorchester Banner/Paul Clipper
Raymond Farrare and Armah Dashiell welcome the crowd that squeezed into the Empowerment Center, while a large group waits outside.


CAMBRIDGE—Armah Dashiell of A Voice for Our Community LLC, and Raymond Farrare of Lost Kingz, wanted to provide needy kids with new sneakers to wear when they went back to school. The two local men got together and started the Bless the Child Back 2 School Sneaker Drive.

The Sneaker Drive drew a lot of response after appearing on Delmarva Life, and it celebrated a grand finish on Aug. 22, with a party at the Octavene H. Saunders Empowerment Center in Cambridge. Rapper kNOw Ca$h visited and opened the ceremonies by telling his story and singing a song for the crowd, which packed the Empowerment Center with a large number of people also waiting outside.

Dorchester Banner/Paul Clipper YouTube sensation and Cambridge resident rapper kNOw Ca$h, visited the celebration and sang for the gathered crowd.

Dorchester Banner/Paul Clipper
YouTube sensation and Cambridge resident rapper kNOw Ca$h, visited the celebration and sang for the gathered crowd.


“For our first attempt I believe the event was a success,” said Mr. Dashiell. “Serving over 150 children from grades kindergarten to 12th grade was an amazing feeling. It was a very emotional time for me knowing all those children were served. We accumulated about $3,000 worth of shoes to give away for free to children across the eastern shore region. People traveled for miles to be a part of this blessing for back to school.”

Dashiell and Farrare are quick to point out that they didn’t operate alone in their endeavors. They were helped out by, and offer a special thank you to Carmen Farrare, E.S Hubbard & Son, Percy Jones of Total Fine Foods, Commissioner Stephen Rideout, Commissioner LaShon Foster, RAR Brewing, Sunnyside Shop, Downtown Frame of Mine, Liv Again, Dr. Barbara Woolford, Dr. Kim Larebee, Grace Foxwell, Harvesting Hope, LLC, Fire Flies of Denton, Shane Banks, Caneka Meekins Dixon, Lykinda, Covet, Susan Luby of Character Counts, Anchor Point, Bring Cambridge Back, Dawn Fletcher, Jalessa Young of Council of Concerned Youth, Dion Banks, WBOC Delmarva Life, 100.9 FM Pure Country, 106.3 FM The Heat, Lynx Muzik, Regina Misster, Tonya Ennals, Barry from the Copy Shoppe, Jubilee Christian Fellowship Church; “and most of all we thank the staffing of the Octavene H Saunders Empowerment Center for making it all possible to host the event. Look forward to many more life changing events and community programs from ‘A Voice for Our Community, LLC’ and the ‘Lost Kingz’ organizations.”

“There will be other ‘Pay It Forward’ events in the future, but we do ask to not let just ‘free’ be attractive.” said Mr. Dashiell. “Let’s come together and support all good causes and events.

Interested parties can learn more by contacting Lost Kingz, care of the Jubilee Christian Fellowship Church, P.O. Box 202, 415 Academy St., Cambridge MD 21613; or A Voice for Our Community LLC, P.O. Box 1446, Cambridge, MD 21613. For details on upcoming programs, call 202-627-0529.

“We have a lot of need here, on the Eastern Shore,” said Mr. Dashiell, “and we want to fill that need. It’s an act that brings us together as a community.”

Paul Clipper is the editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at pclipper@newszap.com.

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