When the shoe DOESN'T fit...
And when you have so many.... Sometimes I feel a little guilty about all the material blessings we have in our personal space when so many millions go without things that we take for granted. Like shoes.
This month, we are sponsoring a Shoe Drive for our community, and also for Soles 4 Souls. I was on the verge of doing this for our own overwhelming collection of outgrown shoes, and decided I would just make February a little more interesting by opening it up to the community. For several weeks, friends and strangers have been stopping by our store, or Sparky's gas station, with bags and bags of shoes. I'm overwhelmed by the generosity of our community. If you have donated, thank you.
Now, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, (Feb 15-17) we are opening the doors of our store to anyone in our community who would like to pick out a pair before I drive all those shoes up to Sheldon, Iowa, to the good folks at Village Northwest who sort them and prepare them for more good folks at Soles 4 Souls, who sort them again for distribution around the world.
If you, or someone you know, need (or WANT!) a pair of used shoes, stop by, and we'll see if there is anything in your size. [Limit of one pair per person per day, please!] All we ask in exchange is a monetary donation (ANY SIZE!!) to Soles 4 Souls and the work that they do. There is a wide assortment of sizes and styles, and you just never know what you might go home with. Of course, you may also browse the rest of our store, and enjoy some free coffee and hot chocolate.
If you still have some shoes to donate, bring them by our store, Singletree Emporium, by 5 pm on Saturday, Feb. 17, and I'll make sure they get to Sheldon.
Our hours are usually noon to 8 on Thursdays. This week only, we will also be open on Friday and Saturday, from 10 am to 5 pm both days. And for more information about Village Northwest and Soles 4 Soles, click below.
Rachel lives near Arthur, Iowa, where she and her husband try to keep up with life with six kids. Together they operate Singletree Emporium, a place to find vintage and repurposed treasures.