Local shoe drive set for worldwide distribution

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By Carol A. Clark

To benefit those lacking footwear, a drive to collect new and gently worn shoes of all sizes is underway throughout the community.

First Baptist Church at 2200 Diamond Drive is sponsoring the drive for Soles4Souls, Inc., a nonprofit organization that distributes shoes around the world.

“Footwear is a basic need that most of us take for granted every day,” Drive Coordinator Fay Moss said. “While most of the world does not have one adequate pair of shoes, we Americans have an abundance of footwear in our closets. As Soles4Souls states, you can change the world one pair at a time.”

For those without shoes, healthcare benefits are the most urgent reason footwear is so desperately needed, she said. A quality pair of shoes protects the wearer’s feet from scrapes, cuts and contaminants that lead to potentially serious healthcare issues.

“In the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami that devastated Southeast Asia, former footwear executive Wayne Elsey felt compelled to do something,” Moss said. “Like many of us, he did not know what to do.”

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