THE ISSUE: Ripley youngsters seek help with shoe collection drive
LOCAL IMPACT: The Jackson County community as a whole can come together in this worthy cause to aid less fortunate children and adults around the world with footwear that can make a huge difference educationally and impact countless lives.
Gage Cobb and Ashlyn Donohew are at it again!
The Ripley Middle School 8th graders, are collecting shoes for Soles4Souls, an organization that distributes shoes to under privileged children worldwide.
These two ambitious kids have set a goal to collect 25,000 pairs of shoes!
This is a great time to clean out your closets and donate those unwanted shoes to a great cause! What better way to teach your family about the spirit of giving and how truly blessed we are than to join with Ashlyn and Gage in helping to make their goal a reality and give these children shoes.
Any and all shoes are acceptable. New, gently used, shoes in poor condition and even single shoes are appreciated. From tennis shoes and hiking boots to high heels and flip flops in any size.
Many have asked, “How can we help?” or “What can we do?” Here’s how! On August 19, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., they are organizing a drop off day where you, your business, church or organization can drop off your shoes and partner with us to collect 10,000 pairs of shoes in one day!
Yes, 10,000 pairs!!
Big goals require lots of help, so we’ve decided to orchestrate a friendly competition for anyone wanting to get involved. From local businesses, to churches and organizations, we want to see just how many shoes you can bring in!
Work together and collect shoes from now through August 19. On that day, your group should bring your donation to the Ripley Middle School cafeteria between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to be officially counted. While your donation is being sorted and counted, you will have opportunity to meet Ashlyn and Gage, have refreshments, look at pictures from our last collection and trip to Honduras as well as hear all about their adventure.
Every group that participates will be featured on our Christian Laced Facebook page, but the group that collects the most shoes will be featured with Ashlyn and Gage in Jackson Newspapers helping spread awareness of their mission!
• Donating is easy — Tie or rubber band the pairs together.
• Count them & put them in boxes or bags.
• Bring them to Ripley Middle School on August 19
Two years ago, Cobb and Donohew got the opportunity to travel to Honduras and personally hand out some of the 40,000 pairs of shoes they collected. The experience was lie-changing for the pair, and helped inspire them to launch their current 2017
“The people of Honduras were so loving and caring,” said Gage. “They were so happy to get shoes. They celebrated, and those who weren’t able to get shoes (sizes) celebrated for those who did. In Honduras, you have to have shoes to go to school, so we got involved to help education there. With shoes, they can get an education, a job and support their families.”
Two years ago, the duo were able to collect 40,000 pair of shoes surpassing their goal of 25,000 pairs. For 2017, they have again set at goal of 25,000 pairs, but they would like to surpass their last effort and collect 50,000 pairs.
Collection points include Ripley Paws, Ripley City Building, Jackson General Hospital, Morad-Hughes Health Clinic, Farm Credit, Vail Furniture, Harris & Holmes, United Bank, Fat Alberts, A+ Photography, C-98 The Bull, B&G Heating & Cooling, Dollar General Store (Millwood), Cunningham Realty, Cornerstone Auto Service (Parkersburg and Mineral Wells), Mountain River Physical Therapy, R.E. McMichael Company, Sweet Dreams Chocolate and NAPA Auto Parts.
It doesn’t take much to make a big difference in the life of a child. We hope to see you on August 19. If you have any questions, call Nicci Cobb at 304-532-6827 or Angie Donohew at 304-532-5533. We would love to know if your church, business or organization is on board. Call, text or message us on Facebook at Christian Laced.