Bistro Asks Diners to Be Donors in Shoe Drive for Needy

What's Cooking Bistro, better known for its homemade pasta, has initiated a shoe drive.

Diners can bring in old footwear when they visit What's Cooking and deposit them in a giant boot that has been placed in front of the restaurant.

The shoes will be donated to Footprints, a charitable organization sponsored by St. Francis Medical Center, which distributes shoes to the poor.

"We have learned from our involvement with St. Francis Medical Center that there is a large number of people who can't afford shoes for themselves and their children," said Jason Luhan, who owns What's Cooking with his brother, Jorge.

"By creating the giant boot, we hope to generate public interest in this worthwhile effort and collect many pairs of shoes for the underprivileged," he said.

Diners who contribute to the drive will receive a complimentary dessert at What's Cooking.

The boot will remain outside the restaurant indefinitely so the public can deposit shoes at any time.

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