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IC Church Collects 2,135 Pairs of Shoes

Friday, April 2, 2010

Terry Boisen, left, hands Sister Janice Hoffman some of the 2,135 pair of shoes which were collected by the parishioners of the Cherokee Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Photo contributed.
Members of Cherokee Immaculate Conception Catholic Church started collecting new and used shoes for "Soles4Souls" at the beginning of Lent. With the help of family, friends, and coworkers they collected 2,135 pairs by March 30.

Shoes were taken from Cherokee to Village Northwest Unlimited in Sheldon where they provide work opportunities for people with a disability.

From Sheldon, the shoes are sent to The World Headquarters in Nashville, Tenn. for distribution to people in need in over 125 countries on five continents, including the U.S., Honduras, Guatemala, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Swaziland, Uganda, Iraq, Peru, Thailand, and Nepal.

Soles4Souls has committed to give 1 million pairs to Haiti since the earthquake. There are over 300 million children around the world without shoes, and 1.5 billion pairs of shoes lay idle in American closets.

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