Did you know that the average person spends $370 on shoes a year! Shoes are a huge part of our lives. We wear them everyday. We have shoes for when we go to the beach, shoes for a formal night out, and shoes for when we exercise. We hike in different shoes and we dance in different shoes; we have many shoes for different outfits.
Shoes are a huge part of my profession. I’m amazed how changing your shoes can help relieve minor ailments. Even just wearing shoes instead of going barefoot can do so.
I spent a couple years in Honduras, and as I walked the country gravel roads daily I noticed the little children playing soccer in the street barefoot. Many didn’t own shoes, and their little feet were so calloused. There are many companies now, like TOMS who are influential in shaping the world by giving a child a pair of shoes in a third world country. It warms my heart to think of those little Honduran children running around in a pair of shoes!
Now that I have kids of my own who have (TOO many) shoes themselves, I think of those children in third world countries or in our own country who go shoeless and in need. What can we do?
I searched and found an opportunity!
Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.
Here at Coastline Foot and Ankle, we are collecting slightly used shoes and Soles4souls will give them to deserving kids. This is our way to give back!
If you have slightly used shoes that you don’t wear anymore or have outgrown, bring them in and drop them in the box in the lobby. And who knows, maybe some of our shoes will be gifted to those kids playing soccer in the streets of Honduras, or maybe they will go to kids running around the school playground with my kids or your kids…
The Soles4souls is running until April 18th so get those shoes in early!
Dr. Tyson Scott