In the morning when I go to work, I take for granted that I have shoes to wear. Well, I don’t even really think about it. I just grab whatever pair works. I may help my daughter rummage through her closet for the Old Navy black boots bought to wear with her gray sweater dress, and off we go.
No thoughts run through my brain on how these shoes provide comfort and protection to both of us as we walk through the day. There is no ache in my heart because my little girl stepped out of the front door without a pair of shoes to wear. Shoes are just there. But not for everyone.
Do You Have Extra Shoes In Your Closet? Please join us and start your Christmas season off right as Century 21 Overton Real Estate conducts its first annual Soles4Souls™ Shoe Drive.
Soles4Souls™ is a Nashville based organization founded in 2004. According to them, Americans have over 1.5 billion shoes just gathering dust in their closets. And this abundance occurs in a world where over 300 million children walk out of whatever serves as their front doors without shoes.
I’ve followed Soles4Souls™on Twitter for about a year. They show their dedication by facilitating shoe donations to people in 125 countries on five continents. Yes, our own U.S. and Tennessee are also among the distribution points where shoes are given to those ravaged by poverty or natural disaster or to those in need of a fresh start for jobs and school. And, “Soles4Souls™ says they give away a pair of shoes every 13 seconds.
How to Donate Your Shoes. All through this month and until the first week in January, you can give someone hope by dropping off your “gently worn shoes” at our office or at two downtown locations that have graciously agreed to be collection points. Just throw your bag of shoes in the car and donate at:
1) The Looking Glass Coffee and Curiosities
215 S. Lindell in downtown Martin,
2) C.E. Weldon Public Library
100 East Main in downtown Martin or
3) at our office at Century 21 Overton Real Estate
804 N. Lindell, Martin, TN.
Please, take a minute and think about the shoes that you no longer need or wear that may be stuffed in your closets or in a box in a garage or storage unit.
Soles4Souls™ takes all kinds of shoes.
Not sure if you should donate a worn pair? Soles4Souls™ says to let them make the decision on whether your gently worn shoes can be used or not. (If not reuseable, they will use them for recycling material.)
Questions on donating high heels and dressy shoes? Nicole, a representative from Soles4Souls,™ explained to me that they structure their shoe donations based on appropriateness to climate and conditions, and that less casual shoes are sent to dress for success programs for people needing shoes for job interviews, work or school.
Wondering about kid’s shoes that have been outgrown or tennis and sports shoes that you don’t wear? Reach into your closet and drop these off at one of our locations. Get your kids involved in a lesson about service to others. This shoe drive is an easy way to give to someone else.
What? No Extra Shoes or You Live Out of Town? The Century 21 Overton Real Estate team has also set a goal of $500 additional dollars you can help us raise online to add to the shoes we collect. The kicker is that for every dollar we collect, Soles4Souls™ donates a new pair of shoes to someone without. One Dollar = One Pair.
Our shoe drive runs from Dec. 3 through January 8th, 2011. Think about your shoes and join with us. Don’t take the Christmas season for granted and miss out on one of the best gifts you can give someone else and yourself.
Call me at 731-225-2619 if you have any questions or email me at email@example.com. Thanks in advance.