May 232013

We recently brought our April Shoe Drive to close. Collecting shoes is one thing, but processing them all is quite another. That was our project for Wednesday this week. We had been stockpiling the bags of shoes as they were coming in throughout the drive. (The garage was full.) Early this morning, we packed bag after bag into the back of the pickup and began the journey to Share Your Soles. (The bags were stacked so high, I’m surprised we didn’t lose any along the way.)

At Share Your Soles we received a warm welcome as always and got to work processing our shoes. We unloaded them all and began the count and sort. Four hours of hard labor later, we’re happy to report that we collected 551 pairs of shoes bound for those in need across the globe. Great work to everyone who contributed to this effort. Thank you so much.

Working the Shoes at Share Your Soles

Mar 312013
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We’re kicking off our April Shoe Drive this week in cooperation with the Share Your Soles Foundation. A team of four hard-working, committed Moraine Valley Students—Haley, Xenia, Miguel, and Dil—are taking this drive on as a part of their service learning work this semester. Twelve shoe collection barrels have been placed across the Moraine Valley Community College campus in Palos Hills, IL. Come on out with your new or gently used shoes to donate this spring. The shoes will be counted, sorted, and processed by the students and delivered to Share Your Soles. From there, they will be cleaned/polished, laced, boxed and prepared for shipment to one of the many truly impoverished areas around the world that Share Your Soles serves. Shoes truly can mean the difference between living and dying in many places of the world. So many of us take our own shoes for granted. Remember those in need this spring. Clear out the gently used shoes you won’t wear again (or buy some new ones to give if you’d like) and bring them to one of the many collection barrels on campus. You’ll find a barrel in every major campus building—from the library to the gym. If you need help locating one, just contact us, and we’ll direct you.

Keep an eye on the our collection thermometer (to the right) appearing in various places on throughout the drive. Our goal is 1,000 pairs of shoes!

Want to get involved with Share Your Soles? Join the student crew and other volunteers on April 6th, when they visit the Share Your Soles warehouse to help out. Or contact Share Your Soles directly to schedule your volunteer day or learn more about getting involved with this fantastic organization. Can’t give time, but want to give money? Share Your Soles is in constant need of financial support to pay for the extreme costs of processing and shipping shoes. Visit their web site to learn how you can help in these and other ways:

Mar 042013

On Saturday, March 2 a group of us headed over to Share Your Soles in Chicago. Volunteers as young as 7 years old were helping to sort and process the large number of shoes that have been recently collected and dropped off at the facility. The shoes that we processed today will be heading over to help individuals living in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda.

Nakivale is the oldest and largest refugee settlement in Africa, with over 56,000 refugees living there. Of this 56,000, approximately 28,000 are children and young people who have lived there most (if not all) their lives. As is true with most refugee camps, life is devastatingly hard in Nakivale and resources are extremely limited.

While the work we did today may be just a drop of hope in a seemingly endless sea of despair, the shoes, wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and canes Share Your Soles delivers to these refugees will provide basic needs that they would otherwise go without. So, even though it may be just a drop, it is a drop of hope which will ripple and eventually build into mighty wave of kindness and love for humanity.

No act of kindness is too small. The gift of kindness may start as a small ripple that over time can turn into a tidal wave affecting the lives of many.       –Kevin Heath, CEO More4Kids

Feb 172013

Share Your Soles works to bring shoes (as well wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and canes) to people in desperate need locally and around the globe. On March 2, 2013 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, volunteers will learn about the organization and the humanitarian issues it works to address. Volunteers will also work in the warehouse to assist in processing and other necessary support efforts toward this mission. Dress warmly and bring a sack lunch. It is not necessary to stay the entire work day, but please communicate your intentions before hand. Share Your Soles is a kid-friendly, flexible environment. You will have opportunity to meet Mona Purdy the founder of this organization. This is a meeting you won’t soon forget.

Share Your Soles is located at 900 E. 103rd Street Chicago, IL 60628. The warehouse campus, including parking, is gated and secure. Note that due to the extreme expense the organization incurs to ship to the people in need all over the world and to maintain its volunteer operation, Share Your Soles requests a $5 to $10 donation when you come to volunteer as a group.

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013 (RSVP by 2/27)
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: 900 E. 103rd Street Chicago, IL 60628

Contact us for more information or RSVP for this opportunity.