Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Day 87: Donated My Shoes
About a month ago, while walking around the Chicago loop during my work day, I noticed a homeless man walking barefoot. I instantly went to the nearest store that carried shoes, and bought him a pair. Unfortunately, the man's feet were so swollen and bloodied that he informed me that he needed a special pair of shoes located at too far of a distance for me to walk. I told him that I would find him on the weekend and we would go get the shoes. Sadly, I haven't been able to find him on any of the subsequent weekends, but if I do, I fully intend to get him shoes. It has actually been eating me up thinking that someone is walking around with no shoes. Then I started thinking about how many people both in the US and world wide that either have no shoes, or inadequate shoes, and suffer because of it. What compounded my feelings, and made me feel even worse, is that I took a look in my closet and noticed that I had a number of pairs of shoes just sitting there not being worn. Continuing with this week's theme of donating things from around the house, and for today's random act of kindness, I will be donating shoes to Share Your Soles. SYS is a non-profit organization here in Chicago that, for the past 13 years, has been providing donated shoes to impoverished people both here and abroad. There are a number of great organizations similar to Share Your Soles all around the United States and overseas, so if you find yourself with an overabundance of shoes (like Imelda Marcos, DJ Pauly D, or my wife), and would like to donate them, you can find a place with ease.