Thursday, August 25th, I officially began calling my garage the "SHOEPORIUM". I have never seen so many boxes, bags, and bins of shoes in all my life! We are now over 1,000 pairs strong (I mean that literally).....have you ever smelled 1,000 pairs of gently used shoes? Lola, my Siberian Husky, is in 7th Heaven. Ah the sweet smell of used shoes for this wonderful cause.
I had a great interview on WSPY TV and radio yesterday morning so I think many more people will now know about the memorials.
Went to Oswego High School Thursday afternoon and they are going to start trying to round up the troops and get something happening there. After all, 2,400 students should be able to do something pretty incredible.
Speaking of incredible.....Somonauk Middle School is doing an official shoe drive for the 9/11 Empty Shoe Memorial. That is beyond great. Here's a group of young people jumping on board and organizing an effort to donate shoes to our town. That certainly says something about what a great group of kids (sorry) I mean emerging young adults. Thank you guys!
Another drop off point for shoes is Farmers Insurance on Douglas Road by Fifth Third Bank over next to Coldwell Banker. We've got a lot of locations now collecting shoes.
Keep up the great work. Thank you.
By the way, I also have a "SHOEMOMETER" in my front yard that gives a visual of how many needed and how many collected. It will be replaced Monday with a better sign so it stays upright. Notice a theme developing?