Em­ploy­ees Do­nate Shoes for a Good Cause

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS -

Amer­i­cans seem to have a love af­fair with shoes. Many of us can’t have enough shoes, nor do we ever want to get rid of them. Shoes we no longer wear are of­ten tucked away in the closet or some other safe place for the day we might want to wear them – a day that of­ten never comes as our pile of shoes con­tin­ues to grow.

Again this year the staff at North Coun­try Hos­pi­tal in New­port dug into their stashes of shoes and other footwear and do­nated them to Soles for Souls. This is the hos­pi­tal’s sec­ond year col­lect­ing shoes for the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“This year we col­lected 206 pairs of shoes,” Sandy Leonard said. “I thought that was pretty good con­sid­er­ing we col­lected 285 pairs just seven months ago.” The shoes were col­lected be­tween April 4th and 8th. Sandy is the di­rec­tor of En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vices at North Coun­try. She also heads up the hos­pi­tal’s re­cy­cling com­mit­tee.

Soles for Souls is based in Old Hick­ory, Ten­nessee. It has col­lected and dis­trib­uted more than 7-mil­lion shoes and other footwear since it was founded in 2005. They have been dis­trib­uted to needy peo­ple in about 125 coun­tries, in­clud­ing in the United States.

We are all aware of North Coun­try’s mis­sion to pro­vide qual­ity pa­tient care, but Sandy said the hos­pi­tal also has a mis­sion to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment. By do­nat­ing shoes not only did the staff rid their clos­ets of shoes, but they also kept the shoes out of the land­fill while also giv­ing a per­son in need a pair of shoes. This is far from North Coun­try’s only re­cy­cling pro­ject. Its staff also re­cy­cles such items as pa­per and plas­tic as well as com­put­ers, cell phones, and some med­i­cal equip­ment the hos­pi­tal and staff no longer needs.

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