Thanks Southern California for your generosity, making our “Shoe Drive for the Homeless” a rousing success. This year’s shoe drive generated over 1000 pairs of shoes. The shoe drive was borne out of the idea from my patients who often had a closet full of shoes in excellent condition that were no longer being worn.
“I thought that these shoes could be put to good use at homeless shelters. Many residents of these shelters suffer from a wide variety of foot problems from wearing improper shoes – conditions like bunions, corns, calluses and heel pain. Some have diabetes and peripheral neuropathy which is particularly dangerous if the wrong shoe style or size is worn,”
I am glad that I have had the opportunity to be of service to our local communities. Over the years the shoe we have donated over 30,000 shoes to various homeless shelters.
It is rewarding that the shoes are put to good use. Some of the shoes provide comfort and protection for those have tattered foot wear. When I first started the shoe in 1984, I did not think the dressier shoes would be used by the residents of the shelters. Actually I was surprised to learn that the donated shoes have been worn on job interviews.
I look forward d to our nest shoe drive-which will held in December-so please save your slightly used shoes in good condition to help the next shoe drive to be even more successful.”