MEIGS COUNTY — 679.
That is the number of crime victims assisted in Meigs County in 2013, according to Theda Petrasko, director of the Meigs County Victim Assistance Office.
The Meigs County Victims Assistance Office is currently working on plans to recognize those victims during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 6-12.
As part of that event, the Meigs County Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program Outreach for Meigs and Perry counties is working to collect 679 pair of used shoes.
The shoes will be displayed along the wall in the Pomeroy parking lot along the river during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This will be done in addition to the ceremony held each year in memory of the homicide victims from Meigs County.
Each pair of shoes will represent one crime victim assisted in Meigs County and will provide information about the victimization the person endured.
Shoes are needed to help complete this project. Petrasko said shoes should be old as they will be sitting outside for a week. Shoes will also be kept from year to year to be reused, but 679 pair are needed to start the project. Shoes of any size will be accepted, as Petrasko said there are also child victims that must be represented.
Shoes can be donated at the Meigs County Victim Assistance Office located at 117 West Second Street in Pomeroy.
For more information, call (740) 991-1720 or (740) 591-4266.