Written by guest author Debbie Yocum:
All of us are watching the devastation in Haiti and wondering what we can do to help. One way to help is to take your gently used men's, women's and kids' shoes to any Sport Chalet between January 14, 2010 and January 31, 2010. All the shoes collected will be sent directly to Soles 4 Souls for distribution to the Haitian people.
We can help even more by posting a notice in our community either in schools, offices or any other location that we may be involved in and ask for others to drop off their shoes to this central location. Then make sure that we collect the shoes before the deadline of January 31st for drop off at one of the 55 locations for Sports Chalet. During one of Sports Chalets last shoe drives, they had people getting involved by going door to door. It may seem like a small thing but it really can make a difference. My kids have shoes that they have outworn but still have life left in them. I know that every member of our family could walk into their closet right now and find shoes that they have not worn in quite a while that would be perfect for someone in Haiti.
Many of us live with the threat of an earthquake and so it is only a natural response to want to do something to help. This is only one of the many ways that we can help to support the people in Haiti but doing something like this can make a difference to someone in need. Right now many people that have survived the earthquake in Haiti have nothing. Giving them something that we can sacrifice, even if it is a pair of used shoes, is a big thing to them. All it takes from us is a sacrifice of our time to drive to any of the 55 Sports Chalet locations and dropping off a few pairs of donated shoes. Your sacrifice could mean the world to a small child or anyone that really has nothing left in this world but the clothes on their backs or the shoes on their feet.
To find a Sport Chalet or Soles4Souls location visit www.sportchalet.com.