Saturday, November 12, 2011

Kate's First Shoes - and 900 others!

The MVCC Green Committee 2011 Soles4Souls shoe drive is over. On Friday, October 11, Melissa Stoller (with help from her son Jeremy) delivered about 900 pairs of shoes to the Soles4Souls warehouse in Fontana. From the warehouse, Soles4Souls distributes shoes wherever they are needed. Just imagine! Your shoes might enable a child to attend school or prevent disease for someone unable to afford shoes or provide relief for a disaster victim. Perhaps they’ll be used to start a micro-business, providing an income source for the entrepreneur and a low-cost shoe source people with limited means. They certainly won’t be taking up space in our landfills or leaking toxic glue into our environment.

Thank you to everyone who donated shoes, even braving the rain October 6 to bring them to the Farmers’ Market. Thank you to the employees of the Radisson LAX who participated for a second year. Thank you to Chris de la Vara and Manu International beauty salon for the over 200 pairs of shoes you collected. Thank you to everyone who helped at the Green Tent.

Melissa will be back at our Farmers’ Market collecting shoes for Soles4Souls October 14 & 21, 2012.

Melissa returned home from the warehouse to find six pairs of shoes waiting on her porch. She doesn’t have space to store large numbers of shoes until next October. The Soles4Souls motto is “Changing the world, one pair at a time.” Maybe you can help change the world one box at a time.  Find an out-of-the-way space in your home or garage and save the shoes you discard during the year. When a neighbor has a garage sale, ask if you can have any leftover shoes. If everyone does a little bit, starting now, we can completely fill the truck next year!

Thank you, Melissa, for bringing this wonderful tradition to Mar Vista!! 

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