Sumner Teenager Collecting Shoes For Needy
A Sumner-Fredericksburg High School student has taken on the task of collecting thousands of shoes for the needy.
Sarah Smith, 15, of Sumner, is undertaking the collection of 25,000 pairs of shoes for the Soles4Souls agency.
Soles4Souls collects shoes and distributes them to needy families in the United States, and 127 other countries.
Smith originally had a goal of collecting 10,000 pairs of shoes, however, she found out that if she gathers 25,000 pairs, the agency will send her and a parent to one of the distribution sites around the world.
Currently, Smith has gathered almost 12,000 pairs of shoes, which are stored in her parents' garage.
Anyone may donate to the effort, and the shape of the shoes does not matter, except it has to have a sole.
Kittrell Elementary School in Waterloo is assisting Smith with a shoe drive; plus on Sunday afternoon (May 6, 2018) the Hope City Church in Waterloo will serve as a drop-off site for the community.