Girl Scouts collecting used shoes to help those living in poverty

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Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 12:00 am

Local Girl Scouts are asking for community donations for a shoe drive to benefit Soles4Souls.

Donations of used shoes can be made through March 14 from community members who want to help the effort.

“This is a great way to get rid of any used shoes and help those in need,” said Jason Mathison, the Girl Scout recruitment coordinator at Patriot Elementary School.

The Scouts have been working with student councils at Bell, Patriot and Walnut Creek elementary schools to collect shoes from students, teachers and parents.

A community drop-off is available at Strong Box Storage at 84th Street and Highway 370. The company donated the use of a storage unit and a U-Haul van as part of the effort as well.

“The shoe drive project allows the girls and students knowledge of greater good, coordination, organization, leadership, and community awareness,” Mathison said.

Soles4Souls is a nonprofit that distributes new shoes directly to people in need in the United States and overseas. The organization gives used shoes to micro-enterprise organizations that operate in countries like Haiti where a lack of jobs creates barriers to earning an income for impoverished people.

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