The Boy Scouts of America’s Lewis & Clark Council in Belleville, Illinois, teamed up with Soles4Souls for a used shoe drive for the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance.
The shoe drive received overwhelming support from Scouts and the community. The council’s goal was to collect 25,000 pairs of used shoes, but the community donated more than 33,000 pairs of used shoes which filled a 53-foot semitrailer to its full capacity—and more. An additional trailer had to be ordered to accommodate the extra pairs of shoes.
The Nashville, Tennessee-based Soles4Souls is a nonprofit organization that combats poverty by collecting new and used pairs of shoes to distribute to people in need and a qualified micro-enterprise that creates jobs in poor and economically challenged communities.
The National Day of Service is an annual effort to inspire people to pay tribute to the victims and survivors of the 9/11 attack by performing charitable community service on that day. “Service to the community is at the very core of the Boy Scouts of America. This project provides the Scouts with first-hand community service experience and a chance to interact with the community,” says Travis Briner, development director of the Lewis & Clark Council.
Below is a time-lapse video of the Lewis & Clark Council’s National Day of Service shoe drive.