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CMS is collecting old shoes

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE, Colo. Carbondale Middle School wants your shoes.Boots, sneakers – any shoes that have some wear left in them are all fair game.CMS students in the Good Deeds Club will rubber band, box and send the shoes to a warehouse in Las Vegas, Nevada. Then they’ll be distributed around the world to people who need them by a Nashville, Tenn., company called Soles 4 Shoes, according to CMS teacher and Good Deeds Club sponsor Joe Markham.Soles 4 Shoes is an organization that was born out of the Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina disasters, Markham said.”Shoes in some countries are a luxury,” Markham said, where even adults in some places have never owned a pair of shoes in their lives. “It gets the kids thinking about how fortunate they are.”The shoe drive began Monday and will go through May 18. Shoes can be dropped off at CMS during school hours. Collection boxes are also available at Roaring Fork High School and Alpine Bank in Carbondale. Shoes can also be donated during Carbondale’s First Fridays event on May 4 in downtown Carbondale from 6 to 8 p.m.”(Souls 4 Shoes) has really taken off,” Markham said. “A lot of athletes and movie stars have really gotten behind this.”The organization donated 250,000 pairs of shoes after the tsunami disaster in southeast Asia and about 750,000 pairs of shoes after Hurricane Katrina, he said.Markham became interested in Soles 4 Shoes when he looked up the organization’s Web site after reading about Soles 4 Shoes in a magazine.”They’ll take about any kind of shoe from high heels to snow boots as long as there’s some wear left in them,” he said.Why should people donate shoes?”If their closets look anything like our closets – we cleaned out ours and found about 15 to 20 pairs between my wife and my daughter and I,” Markham said. “It’s a worthy organization and it’s a great way to help people in need.”Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO


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