Mountain people are very special. In fact, “off the mountain” people are also special and the members of the St. Richard of Chichester Episcopal Church in Skyforest want to thank everyone who donated shoes to the congregation’s shoe collection. The goal was to collect 1,000 pairs of shoes but thanks to generous donors over 1,300 pairs were collected. All of the shoes are being donated to people in “third world, emerging countries” who desperately need shoes but often can’t afford them.
Thank you to all the residents who participated in this uplifting program and the parishioners are more than thrilled that so many shoes were donated. Because we live in America where most people have at least the necessities of life we generally do not give a lot of thought about objects like shoes. They are simply part of our lives, from the time we’re tiny children until the day we die. But, as we have discovered. in many areas shoes may be a necessity but they could be considered a luxury. The shoe donations from so many people speak so loudly to the cause and to the goodness of people.
A big “thank you” to the businesses in the local communities where people could drop off the shoes. Having collection points in the major communities certainly helped a lot!