Heart and soles: JC project pro­vides footwear for refugees world­wide

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BYDANNYCARO

THE JC’S own Mitz­vah Day project was com­pleted on Mon­day as staff vis­ited the Gift char­ity’s Hen­don ware­house to help pack barely worn footwear for its Step Up scheme.

Through Step Up — the brain­child of Has­monean pupil Noah Ru­bin, 14 — al­most 3,500 pairs of shoes have been cleaned and dis­trib­uted to refugees in coun­tries as far afield as Kur­dis­tan, asy­lum seek­ers and those in Lon­don home­less shel­ters. Step Up’s Max­ine Elias said: “The great thing about Mitz­vah Day is that it gives an op­por­tu­nity to lots of peo­ple who don’t have ac­cess to vol­un­teer­ing. We en­cour­age the vol­un­teers to tag shoes with a mes­sage for the re­cip­i­ents so they know where they have been sent from.”

Noah Ru­bin said he had wanted to do a char­ity project for his bar­mitz­vah — “and some­thing that not many peo­ple have done.

“S hoes a r e a ba­sic need and it makes me feel proud to know that so many peo­ple are tak

ing part.”

Clean­ing up: JC staff with Step Up founder Noah Ru­bin ( left)

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