Phoenix Mercury to hold shoe drive to benefit Florence Crittenton

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Mercury are holding a holiday shoe drive from now until the end of 2006 to benefit Florence Crittenton, a non-profit organization that has served the state's youth and their families for more than a century.

Assistant coach Bridget Pettis, left, and Diana Taurasi kicked off the shoe drive on Dec. 6.
The Mercury are asking fans from around the Valley to purchase a new pair of athletic shoes to donate to the girls who reside at Florence Crittenton. The organization specifically needs women’s sizes from 6-13 as well as shoes for children and toddlers.

Mercury All-Star Diana Taurasi kicked off the campaign last Wednesday, throwing in a car load of NIKE sneakers. She passed off the shoes to an original member of the Mercury – alum and current assistant coach Bridget Pettis, who is leading the campaign on behalf of the Mercury.

“The Mercury has always been about giving back to the community. Working with Florence Crittenton is something the entire organization is excited about because it’s women helping women. With the support of our fans and players, we’re hoping to provide the residents with something that’s useful and fun,” said Pettis.

Florence Crittenton has a long and distinguished history of providing services to girls, boys, and families in crisis in Arizona. The heart of the agency is its Residential Group Home that annually serves over 200 girls, ages 12-18, in need of hope, safety, opportunity, and a sense of community and belonging.

Fans can drop off donated shoes at the Mercury’s fan table at Chase Field on Monday, Dec. 18 when Arizona State University's women’s basketball team hosts Texas Tech for an outdoor contest at 7 p.m. Fans can also drop off shoes at US Airways Center during normal hours of business operation by calling 602-514-8349.