Soles for Souls

Hilton Head Island Elementary School has launched a drive to collect more than 1,000 shoes to help low-income families.  Used and new shoes can be dropped in collection boxes located at both entrances to the school, with donated shoes delivered to Soles4Souls, an international anti-poverty organization that monetizes used shoes and clothing to create sustainable jobs and fund direct relief efforts, including distribution of new shoes and clothing.   Founded in 2007, the organization has distributed more than 22 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries.  The shoe drive is sponsored by the school’s gifted and talent arts students, along with the third-grade Gifted and Talented Club and the math department.  Anyone interested in donating shoes should take them to a collection box prior to the drive’s conclusion on January 22.  For more information, contact shoe drive coordinator Helen Ashton at