In February 2018 Scooch A Mi held a shoe drive for Soles4Souls. Soles4Souls creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. "How did I get the notion to do a Shoe Drive," you ask? My daughter cleaned out her closet when she was home over the Holidays; there were two boxes of shoes. "What to do with these shoes?" I pondered. A Shoe Drive!
Soles4Souls was very responsive when I filled out the form on their website. The NJ Regional Donation Center Manager, Lizzy Swiderski, contacted me immediately and we met soon after. Lizzy suited me up with all the information I needed for the drive and the Soles4Souls Donation Box.
I hurriedly got on social media to let the community know there was a Shoe Drive in town. February was a great month to clean out those closets. What a great response we got! We collected well over 500 pairs of shoes. It was an outstanding response.
What needed to be done with those shoes? Well, they needed to be tied together and counted. I knew I would need help with this so I reached out to my friend, Carole Bhalla of Teen Jobs NJ, to see if I could get a community service project posted. Carole posted the request and then the next day, Tiffany, a high school senior from a neighboring town was on board. How awesome was this?!
Tiffany brought friends to help with the counting and pairing. Emily, Michelle, and Jenn came with Tiffany on Saturday mornings to organize all of the shoes. I have the utmost respect for these young women. They donated their time to this incredible cause. They were so responsible, polite, and just a pleasure to have in the boutique. The youth today do indeed believe in Giving Back.
In the meantime, my friend Deb Landau asked me for some flyers, so she could post as she went through her days. As a result, I received an email from Rob Rizzotti, Timberland Sales Director, Foot Locker Inc. asking me if I could use some Timberland Boots. Of course, I said "Yes!"
Now a new problem came up, well how was I going to pick up 100 pairs of boots? I called upon Chatham Rotarian Matt Wagner for help. Matt and I went to meet Rob and transport the boots to Scooch A Mi Boutique. These two men are beyond kind and giving. It is incredible how people come together and help one another out!
The Library of the Chathams even posted a flyer about the Shoe Drive, which members of the community saw and ultimately came and donated shoes. Jack from the Chatham Rotary dropped off three huge bags of shoes; we are talking tons of shoes!!
So many donated, friends, family, customers, community members. It was incredible to see how people still have it in them to donate and help out. I thank each and every one that made the Shoe Drive such a success. Hugs all around!
Where would the shoes go once the drive was over? To Raritan Valley Community College where Alia, a student, organized a drop off program with the Student Government Team. I loaded up my car and enlisted the help of my husband with his car, and off we went to RRCC. Alia and her team made the delivery effortless. Again, wonderful young men and women donating their time and energy to help.
You now understand the title of this blog. It does take a village to make a difference. Every little bit helps and counts! Thank you all once again for your generosity.