If you are doing any last minute spring closet cleaning before fall you might want to hear this before you do. There are millions of children around the world that have no shoes and reports say that 680 million shoes are thrown away in America every year. Summer Joy has the story on how cleaning out your closet can be done for a great cause.
That's right and because of a senior here at Century High School, she is making that difference around the world with one pair of shoes at a time.
"My goal is 1,000 pairs of shoes and I need them by September 16 and I any help I can get from that I would be so grateful for and I'm so grateful for the help I have received thus far," said Sarah Hibbert, whose service project is Shoes for Love.
Shoes for Love is organized by Dando Amor a group of professional photographers who want to make life a little easier for children in the global community. Shoes in any shape, size, or condition can be donated, even the ones that are beyond repair because they will be melted down and recycled for money. Once these shoes are collected they will be sorted and sent to different countries around the world.
"I love the fact that I have been able to connect with my community and really get this project rolling. Project Shoes for Love really means a lot to me. I love the idea that I'm making a difference in the world. The ability to make a difference in some individuals hits home that these pair of shoes that I'm donating will go to someone just like me who needs them," added Hibbert.
Hibbert continues to say that these donations will help create sustainability for those who struggle on a daily basis and overall she hopes it will be a blessing for not only the kids who receive a pair, but for those who give.
To donate shoes you can drop them off at multiples location, a few include Century High School, the OMNI Building, and Pocatello's City
So far Hibbert has collected around 160 pairs of shoes for her service project, but her goal is one thousand before September 16 so she is in need of your help. If you have any shoes that you plan to toss you can make a donation at any of the locations below.
Pocatello City Hall
Chubbuck City Hall
Cynthia Louis Boutique
Another Man's Treasure
Century High School
Payless Shoe Source on Benton
Bannock County 4-H Extension Office