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Shoes for Samantha

 This is a great project that some of my friends from high school are doing. Please HELP if you can!

Shoes for Samantha

Start Time:
Monday, March 22, 2010 at 8:50pm
End Time:
Friday, April 30, 2010 at 11:50pm
Location:
a mailbox near you

Description

As you may or may not know, my dear friend Samantha is stationed in Lesotho (South Africa for those of you who have never heard of it. Don’t feel bad – neither had I) for a 2.5 year stint with the Peace Corps. Recently in her blog she wrote about a track team at her school. Sam was a HUGE runner in high school and at Clemson and the only person to this day who has ever succeeded in convincing me to run anywhere (which is a feat in and of itself). Track season in Lesotho is almost over but she’s talking of coaching next year. The problem? Her students desperately need shoes. Sam writes, “The debatably 400 meter track had two mild inclines and was dirt smeared with shards of glass. My students ran barefoot!” After reading this, I knew I wanted to help.

So, I’m writing to ask if you have any old running or athletic shoes, if you’d be willing to donate them to Sam’s students in Lesotho. Any size will do. I sent out an e-mail last week and got an overwhelmingly positive response, including some from a couple key people who are stepping up to help in organization. Because of them, we have four “collectors” for your convenience. Contact the following people and they will work on making the easiest exchange possible:

If you live in Columbia or Myrtle Beach, SC contact Stephanie Warren at [email protected]

If you live in Clemson, SC contact Hannah Oakley at [email protected]

If you live in Charleston, SC contact Claire Sparks at [email protected]

If you live in Denver, CO or don’t live in SC at all, contact me, Rachel Sparks at [email protected]

The projected ship date will be May 1, so if you could get your shoes to one of us by then, that would be wonderful. If you want to help but don’t have any old shoes, we will gladly accept any monetary donation you are willing to give to cover shipping costs. It will probably be easiest to mail all money to me so that I can get it to our collectors evenly. Also, invite all your friends to this event. You never know when a stranger might want to help out, but they can’t help if they don’t even know about it!

Thanks so much, Rachel