DCCC Student Government Association Collects Shoes for the Needy with ‘Soles4Souls’ Program

Feb 5, 2013 – The Student Government Association at Davidson County Community College is hoping to let others walk in your shoes – literally – through the Soles4Souls program, which collects new and gently worn footwear for needy people in the United States and around the world. The SGA initiative will collect shoes through April 1; collection boxes are located on the Davidson Campus in the Gee Building, the Learning Resource Commons lobby, the Student Center lobby, as well as on the Davie Campus in the Administrative Building lobby.

Based in Nashville, Soles4Souls has delivered more than 19 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes since 2005. The shoes have been distributed to people in more than 125 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal and the U.S.

Soles4Souls LogoSGA President Mary Abigail Owens says many types of footwear are accepted for the program, including athletic and running shoes, dress, sandals, pumps, heels, work boots, cleats, dance and flip-flops, as long as they are only new or gently worn. Donated shoes must be tied together using the laces, or by using a rubber band to pair them together.

Many of us have closets filled with shoes we rarely wear,” Owens says. “Instead of throwing them away and overfilling our landfills, donating them is a simple way to help reduce our environmental impact.

According to Soles4Souls, shoes that cannot be used are recycled into clean energy at an energy-from-waste facility in Huntsville, Ala.

“Not only do the shoes help reduce our environmental impact, but footwear also helps stop the spread of foot-related diseases, such as Podoconiosis as well as soil transmitted parasites,” Owens says. “Providing shoes to those in need around the world will help reduce these afflictions.”

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.