The 20th Annual Saxon Shoes for the Needy Kicks-Off


This November Saxon Shoes launches and celebrates the twentieth anniversary of Saxon Shoes for the Needy.

“When the idea for this program first came up, it just seemed like a good fit,” recalls Gary Weiner, President of Saxon Shoes. Weiner’s parents Jack and Gloria first opened Saxon Shoes back in 1953. He remembers, “My parents were always philanthropic. If someone couldn’t afford the shoes they needed, they made them affordable.”

Weiner, his wife, sister, daughter and two sons carry on the family legacy of giving back in the hundreds of outreach efforts they participate in every year. Saxon Shoes for the Needy remains one of their signature community programs and offers an opportunity for area residents to give back during the holidays by recycling something they already have, but don’t use.

Weiner quips, “I have always said, if everyone did a little, then nobody would have to do a lot.”

Saxon Shoes for the Needy is a call to donate new and gently used shoes for area families in need. While individuals and families are large contributors to the collection, many of the shoes come from schools, churches, businesses and other organizations that make it a group project during the holidays.

Donations are collected at either of Saxon Shoes’ two locations:

  1. Short Pump Town Center and/or
  2. The Village at Spotsylvania Towne Centre

The shoes collected are presented to The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center in Richmond and in Fredericksburg to The Salvation Army. The public can find out more and register a group to participate at the website: click on “Saxon Shoes for the Needy”.

  • During the months of November and December, Saxon Shoes will partner with area events to help spread the word about the program and offer incentives for donations.
  • On December 1, 2012 Saxon will be at Short Pump Town Center and Spotsylvania Towne Centre for their Santa Breakfasts.
  • On Saturday, December 15 they will have a collection table by the main stage in the courtyard of Short Pump Town Center from 3p-5p during a free, holiday concert by The Offering.
  • And, the VCU Rams basketball team will hold a special collection at their home game on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 7pm.

Saxon Shoes has been in business since 1953 in Richmond, Va. Jack and Gloria Weiner opened their tiny shoe shop with nothing more than a few dollars and a dream. Today, Saxon is owned by that very same family and has grown to become one of the largest independent shoe stores in America. Customer satisfaction has always been a priority. And while their staff is well-trained to help customers find the best shoes, they desire to reach beyond the sales and out into the community searching for ways to meet the needs of people.

Saxon Shoes

Short Pump Town Center

11800 West Broad Street

Richmond, Va. 23233