By Lauren Wienker,
For the last five or six years, Davis High’s Freedom from Hunger Club has hosted a shoe drive in the fall, and this year’s is just around the corner. Students can drop off shoes to L-21 from 8:30 to 8:55 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21 and Wednesday, Oct 28.
Shoes will be collected and eventually sent to Soles for Souls, a nonprofit based in Sacramento.
“Soles for Souls distributes the shoes to many places […] overseas or sometimes it’s just in the local area, like Yolo County,” club vice president Sofia Castiglioni said.
In past years, the shoe drive has been quite successful.
“Last year we couldn’t fit [all the shoes collected] in one car, so we didn’t actually end up counting them, but it would be cool if we could have so many shoes that they don’t all fit in one car,” Castiglioni said.
To participate, students should bring new or lightly-worn shoes.
“We know that there are lots of people who donate clothes to an organization, but not many people donate shoes,” Castiglioni said. “So lots of people have shoes that they didn’t end up wearing or they just have them at their house and they kind of get lost in the confusion and so this is a way to donate shoes and get community service hours for it.”
Students who donate are also rewarded with a free bagel and community service hours eligible for clubs like CSF and NHS. One pair of shoes counts for half an hour of community service.