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This winter, Princess Ariel tries on some new shoes at The 5th, along with foster kids across King County

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

This holiday season, Princess Ariel is trading in her flippers for feet, and she’s going to need a good pair of shoes to go with them — just like hundreds of children in foster care around King County.

As Disney’s The Little Mermaid takes the stage, The 5th Avenue Theatre is joining forces with Treehouse, a King County non-profit, to collect new shoes for local foster children. During the run of the production, now-December 31, patrons who bring a new pair of shoes to The 5th Avenue Theatre Box Office (1308 5th Avenue) or drop them off in the lobby during a performance of The Little Mermaid will receive a coupon for a 25% discount for the upcoming production of The Secret Garden.

“Every year we are overwhelmed by the generosity of our audiences,” said 5th Avenue Managing Director Bernadine Griffin. “In years past, we have asked for warm coats, pajamas and other items for King County’s foster kids, and our guests are quick to respond. One of our most successful drives was our 2011 Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella shoe drive, which brought in more than 500 pairs of shoes for kids of all ages.”

Children in foster care live in an uncertain world, moving frequently with very little notice, and often just a small bag filled with their possessions. Be it sneakers, sandals or snow boots, infants through teens will welcome the warmth and comfort of a new pair of shoes. Through December 31, new shoes may be dropped off during box office hours at The 5th Avenue Theatre, or the lobby during a performance of The Little Mermaid.

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