Last week, Ripley Rotary took a leap of faith with Christian Laced and donated $500 to Soles4Souls. 

Christian Laced consists of two teens who have a heart for helping others. Gage Cobb and Ashlyn Donohew, along with their mothers, Nicci Cobb and Angie Donohew, have joined with Soles4Souls to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children all over the world. 

Soles4Souls is an organization that distributes shoes to children in poverty stricken countries. 

In 2016, Cobb and Donohew collected almost 40,000 shoes for the organization. They were fortunate to be able to travel to Honduras to personally deliver the shoes and see what impact their mission is making. 

The teens learned how hard life is in other countries. The very first day of their trip the teens witnessed a lady pass out. She had walked nine miles to the bus to get to work and had not eaten in over a day. 

“It made me thankful for what I have,” Donohew said.

“The children in Honduras cannot go to school without shoes. School is where they get food. That is why this program is so important,” Nicci Cobb said. 

The organization provides shoes for children and it creates jobs for their people. 

“The people of Honduras want to work; the program provides them with a hand-up not a handout,” Nicci Cobb said.

Gage and Ashlyn are working hard to do this all again. This time, they are going to Guatemala. 

There are several drop-off locations in Ripley, including B&G Heating and Cooling, Ripley Paws, Farm Credit, and Adkins Family RV.

From noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 13, they will be tying, packaging, bagging, and loading up a truck.

If anyone is interested in volunteering to assist, physically or monetarily, contact Angie Donohew at 304-532-5533 or Nicci Cobb at 304-532-6827.

In other business:

• Steve Westfall discusses the E-Z Pass transponder for the West Virginia Turnpike. The cost is $24 for a three-year pass or beginning Jan. 1, 2019 the toll cost will be $4 per toll booth.

• Charity Challenge was discussed and T-shirts were handed out to those who paid their fee.

• Harvest in the Wood is this weekend, beginning Friday.

• Chuck Conner provided an update on the Nepal project. In the last week, $790 in donations have come in bringing the total collected to over $12,000 to date. Scouts are making bracelets and he also received a donation of a laptop for the trip.