Volunteers emptied collection bins around Nelson and organized shoes donated to the Soles 4 Souls campaign.

Volunteers emptied collection bins around Nelson and organized shoes donated to the Soles 4 Souls campaign.

Campaign puts needy feet into unwanted shoes from Nelson

Soles 4 Souls is back in town and asking people to donate their gently used footwear.

Soles 4 Souls is back in town and asking people to donate their gently used footwear.

Soles 4 Souls is committed to helping people in the midst of extreme poverty and those recovering from natural disasters. This is their third year collecting shoes in Nelson. In the first year, 5,000 shoes went from the local community to victims of the Japanese tsunami.

“We ask that the shoes have no holes and are in decent shape,” says coordinator Jackie Nedelec.

All footwear, including sandals and boots, are gratefully accepted and needed. It’s important to please tie shoes together or use elastic bands to hold shoes in pairs, she explains.

“It’s also the green thing to do,” says Nedelec. “There are tons of discarded footwear in landfills that when they break down the toxic glue that holds the shoes together can leach into our water supply and atmosphere.”

“Please clean out your closets and donate your excess footwear to this important relief effort,” she requests.

The shoe drive ends April 16. Donate at any of the following drop off locations: Mark’s Work Wearhouse, Save On Foods, Vince DeVito’s Shoes, Valhalla Pure Outfitters, Vogue Photographic, Streetclothes Named Desire, Shoes for the Soul, SnowPack, Gaia Rising and Nelson Husky.

Nedelec can be reached at 250-229-5265.