Sunday, January 11, 2009

Day 265 of our Green Year: Soles4Souls

Recycling is not only good for the environment, it is good for people as well. It offers many solutions to problems of people not having enough of what they need. However, when we give away the items we don't need so others can reuse them, we are helping both those people and the environment.
Back when Layla and I lived in Rossland, a good friend of ours named Scott ran a group called People Loving People. They took in second-hand goods and gave them to people who needed them in the third world.

Well as part of Our Green Year, we are raising awareness about another group who does much of the same. It is Soles4Souls and they help put shoes on the feet of people who cannot afford them. We don't think of shoes as essential, but feet have more contact with our world than anything else. Stepping on the wrong thing can lead to infection and death for some people.

Soles4Souls donates shoes to those who need aid around the world. They accept both new and used shoes and have donated over one million pairs of shoes to those who needed them after the Asian Tsunami, as well as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Layla and I only buy shoes when we absolutely need them, and from now on our old shoes will be recycled to Soles4Souls to help those who need shoes around the world. This is a much better solution than just throwing the shoes out so they can be added to the growing landfills around the world.

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