The Siebrecht family of Alta - Jamie, Tracy, Cooper (seventh grade), Cobe (sixth grade), and Cade (third grade) - is rolling into fall by collecting shoes for Soles4Souls, the international shoe charity that collects shoes and gets them to people in need.
Alta, Aurelia and Storm Lake residents are invited to donate their shoes to help millions worldwide.
Donation boxes will be located during the month of September at all of the Alta-Aurelia Schools (elementary and high school in Alta and middle school in Aurelia).
Individuals can help by donating some of the 700 million pairs of shoes thrown away by Americans each year.
Soles4Souls accepts all types of used or new shoes: athletic, running, dress, sandals, pumps, heels, work boots, cleats, dance, flip flops, etc (even half pairs). It is beneficial to tie the laces of a pair together, or put a rubber band around a pair (but not required), then just put them in the box.
By recycling your gently worn shoes with the charity, the discarded footwear will be given a second chance at life. By being redistributed through the charity's international and domestic partners, millions of children and adults could receive their first pair of shoes.
Soles4Souls has distributed more than 19 million pairs of shoes around the world with the help of communities like ours. With 1 in every 4 adults in the world living in extreme poverty, basic necessities like shoes are simply unavailable. In developing nations like Haiti, Honduras, and Tanzania, walking is the main form of transportation, and shoes can protect a person's feet from cuts and infections. Also, children in other parts of the world cannot attend school without a pair of shoes.
"We have always been proud to say we do our part to keep footwear out of landfills, and hopefully put them on the feet of someone in need," said Kevin Goughary, CEO of Soles4Souls. "Please join us in this initiative to collect gently worn footwear, and possibly improve the quality of someone's daily life."