Many of us have shoes we don’t wear so if you’re looking to thin your supply, a local ministry is happy to take them off your hands.
The Baptist Collegiate Ministry, near Indiana State University, has a mountain of shoes.
They’re donations collected for the “Unholey Soles” Program, and any gently worn shoes will do.
“We will take adult shoes, children shoes. Sneakers, heels, flip flops, athletic shoes. We’ll even take golf shoes, cleats, you name it,” said Rose Bear of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry.
On this day, Victoria Saylor is dropping off dozens of pairs of shoes. She collected them at Ivy Tech, to add to the “shoe mountain” inside.
“My sisters and I, we go through shoes like crazy. So, there’s always shoes that we don’t wear anymore that are easy to get rid of,” said Saylor.
These shoes are made for walking, but that’s not all they’ll do, thanks to the social enterprise–“Funds-2-Orgs.”
“What this organization does, is supplies shoes to people in 26 countries in the developing world.. then they sell the shoes to support their families. So, it helps provide income for their families.”
“Getting the shoes into the BCM is just the first step. Then, comes the hard part for volunteers, and that’s matching the shoes up and getting them out to those who need them most.”
Pairs of shoes are first collected, then secured.
Then, 25 pairs are counted and bagged to be shipped to “Funds-2-Orgs.” The BCM joined the “Unholey Soles” Program 3 years ago and coordinators say hearing how these donations make a difference is priceless.
“There’s actually a video about a woman had a baby and she wasn’t able to produce breast milk for the baby. So, she traded a pair of Nike’s for a goat. So, she was able to feed her baby by trading shoes for a goat.”
It’s a program that takes steps to keep the spirit of giving, going, well after Christmas.
The BCM gets a donation based on how many shoes they collect, and they use that money for summer missionaries and Syrian refugee relief. If you’d like to donate your shoes to their cause, we have a link to all that information here: http://www.isubcm.com/?page_id=416