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By Chris Rice
Feb 28, 2013

TRmasta wrote:
Nice. Living in a town where the youth have just about NOTHING to do after school and in a very rich, liberal, and penny pinching state(govt) I'm curious what could be done here. I'll PM you with more questions.


Just let me know if I can help in any way.


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By Matt R
From Downingtown, PA
Feb 28, 2013

I just started climbing, so I don't have any gear to contribute, but for the people that are helping by sending shoes are really amazing. To help out strangers like that? That's truly awesome.


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By Chris Rice
Mar 7, 2013

Shoes - harnesses - chalk bags - a huge box from Vertical Adventures in Columbus Ohio - WOW! Thank You!!!


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By Stephanie W.
Mar 20, 2013

Hey there... someone just posted this thread over in r/climbing on reddit. I've got a couple pairs of shoes and a (handmade by me!) chalkbag I can send you. Will aim to get them in the post this week!


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By Matt Roberts
From Columbus, OH
Mar 20, 2013
Hittin' Miguel's with the new Chimps in tow

Chris Rice wrote:
Shoes - harnesses - chalk bags - a huge box from Vertical Adventures in Columbus Ohio - WOW! Thank You!!!


Chris,
Can you use those? My wife was worried about the condition of the shoes. :-)

I'll be in touch about getting everyone together.

Keep up the good work!

-Matt


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By Chris Rice
Mar 21, 2013

Matt Roberts wrote:
Chris, Can you use those? My wife was worried about the condition of the shoes. :-) I'll be in touch about getting everyone together. Keep up the good work! -Matt


Matt - one of the chalk bags kind of exploded in shipping. I took the air hose to everything and cleaned them up and they were used the night I carried in the box - the kids descended on the box like a pack of wolves :). I put a touch of Barge Cement on one pair. Even the shoes that you and I might consider worn out are so much better than no shoes at all - the kids are using everything - Thanks again!


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By Chris Rice
Mar 21, 2013

Stephanie W. wrote:
Hey there... someone just posted this thread over in r/climbing on reddit. I've got a couple pairs of shoes and a (handmade by me!) chalkbag I can send you. Will aim to get them in the post this week!


Thank you! I don't know what reddit is (I'm old and a computer idiot) but thanks also to whoever did that as well!


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By Chris Rice
May 13, 2013

Thank You to Jonathon Lipkin! Another pair of shoes!


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By Mike Belu
From Indianapolis, IN
Jul 17, 2013
Summit of Rainier.

How's the rec center going? Are u still there? Still want some shoes?


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By Chris Rice
Jul 18, 2013

Mike - the Rec Center shuts down over the summer - the kids simply are busy with other things and the adult climbers are all climbing outside. This is the time I take off all the holds and run them through the dishwasher - check anchors and ropes closely - repaint as needed - you know, all the little things it's hard to do by yourself in season. I need to get a tube of Barge Cement and fix a few of the shoes we have been given - a few shoe laces etc. But the answer to your question is Yes - we can always use shoes. Thanks!


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By Chris Rice
Jul 18, 2013

Shipping Address is
Crooksville Rec Center
C/O Chris Rice
230 Burley St
Crooksville, Ohio 43731

And Thank you to everyone!!!!


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By MHLeitch
Jul 18, 2013

My girlfriend was having a really bad day yesterday. It was one of those screw the world, there's nothing good in the world, no one cares about anyone any more kind of days. I showed her your post and it really turned things around for her. Having grown up with not very much, she could totally relate, and was really happy that you were doing this for the kids Money is really tight for us right now, but we'd love to donate something when we can. Thanks for making a differance to these kids.


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By Chris Rice
Jul 19, 2013

MHLeitch wrote:
My girlfriend was having a really bad day yesterday. It was one of those screw the world, there's nothing good in the world, no one cares about anyone any more kind of days. I showed her your post and it really turned things around for her. Having grown up with not very much, she could totally relate, and was really happy that you were doing this for the kids Money is really tight for us right now, but we'd love to donate something when we can. Thanks for making a differance to these kids.


The kindness of strangers. I wish you all could have seen the faces on the kids when I first showed up at the wall with a huge box full of old used climbing shoes. You would have thought it was Christmas. We have kids show up early to get "their" pair of climbing shoes before someone else can grab them. Like your girl friend - it lifts me up every time I walk in and see what the climbing community has done for us. I'm glad this helped make her feel better. If you two (or anyone from the forum) are ever close by, please stop in and climb with us.


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By Mike Belu
From Indianapolis, IN
Jul 19, 2013
Summit of Rainier.

Chris, is there someone at the center to receive a package in the summer, or it's pretty much shut down-you said its closed a few posts above. I got some size 12 pontas that i don't like and moved on to another shoe. I can wait and ship after the summer if thats easier.


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By Chris Rice
Jul 19, 2013

Mike the address is my home address - so yes we can receive packages year round.


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By Christian Mason
From Arvada, CO
Jul 23, 2013
Dragon's Tongue - Vail, Co.

Sent you 5 or 6 pairs (in varying conditions) today. Mostly size 42 Miuras


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By Chris Rice
Jul 24, 2013

Christian Mason wrote:
Sent you 5 or 6 pairs (in varying conditions) today. Mostly size 42 Miuras



Thanks!!!


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By Chris Rice
Jul 26, 2013

Adam Marshall and Christian Mason - shoes arrived today! Thank You!!!


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By Chris Rice
Jul 29, 2013

Nick Wilder - shoes, chalk bags, harness, gear bag, and Mountain Project stickers (the kids will love those).

Thank you!!!


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By Chris Rice
Jul 31, 2013

Chris Allen - Wow! A HUGE box - Tons of shoes - Thank you! You people are awesome!!!


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By Chris Rice
Aug 8, 2013

Stephanie Whigham - Thank You! Shoes and a chalkbag - awesome!


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By Chris Rice
Sep 4, 2013

Hoosier Heights
Carmel, In

Thank You - a huge box of shoes for the Rec Center kids - very much appreciated!


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By B. Lo
Oct 14, 2013

Chris, are you still accepting climbing shoes for donation? I have 2 pairs of kids shoes and would love to pass them on to a good cause.

Thanks,
Brenda


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By Chris Rice
Oct 19, 2013

My washer is full of ropes - the dish washer is full of holds - it's that time of year again where we tear everything down - clean everything up - then put it all back together again different than before. Thanks to all the generous donations for the climbing community we now have shoes for all and the routes we put up this time around will reflect this - lots of harder stuff than back when the kids all climbed in tennies. So give yourselves a pat of the back - Pay It Forward works!!! If any of you are ever in the area - please stop in!


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By Chris Rice
Oct 20, 2013

We are not in desperate need anymore but we will still take your old climbing shoes etc. We can always replace some of the more worn out pairs we have if we get better ones.


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