Employees Donate Shoes for a Good Cause
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.