Do you consider yourself a person who owns a lot of shoes? Okay, now ask yourself, do you really wear and use all of them?
As a person who works at a retail shoe store, I own plenty of shoes. Shoes here, shoes there, shoes everywhere. I buy shoes that I honestly don’t really need. One day, I was talking with my co-workers and as we talked, I couldn’t help but notice that most of us were guilty of buying shoes and not wearing them.
Yes, I used to feel some type of guilt about buying unnecessary shoes, that is, until, I came across this non-profit organization called, It’s From the Sole, on Instagram. It’s From the Sole, is a non-profit organization that collects and gives away shoes to those in need in New York and other metropolitan cities.
I mean I’ll admit that I have shoes that I have probably worn once or twice, and they are just sitting there in the corner of my closet. After learning and watching videos of Andre McDonell, founder of From the Sole, walking down the streets of New York giving out shoes to those in need, it really made me realize how fortunate I am and how I can turn my guilt into comfort and gratification by donating my shoes.
In my opinion, I think its because when I was younger I didn’t have the luxury of buying any colored shoes available, which ultimately made me want to work hard to buy every shoes of my choice. Little did I realize that, yes, shoes are what I wanted but not what I needed. Now I understand the little things we take for granted and figured out how I could be helping and start donating some of my shoes that I really don’t wear instead of stacking them up and eventually throwing them away later like some of us usually would.
To know more about how this organization works, here is a list of the process as described in their website.
The Process of It’s From the Sole
- They collect and accept new and gently worn shoes
- They work with everyone from local residents and businesses to universities and schools to collect sneakers and shoes.
- They hand clean and launder all sneakers and soles to ensure they are in proper condition, including replacing old insoles and shoestrings.
- They distribute refurbished and new sneakers to those in need on an ad hoc and scheduled basis.
Although there are many organizations you can donate to, It’s From the Sole, caught my attention even more as Andre McDonell appeared on the Ellen Show almost a month ago to talk more about how this organization came about. You can watch the full interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEJg0ZYTxcM. This just shows how it has become a world-wide organization willing to help people from different countries and not just in the U.S.
Don’t you want to turn that guilt into satisfaction of knowing you helped someone in need by simply donating your shoes? Check out http://www.itsfromthesole.org to find out how you can get started and donate. Or you can look up any nearby location that accepts shoe donations because we can all agree we all have at least one pair of shoes in our closet that can make a difference in someone else’s lives.