February 8, 2014
Pairs of shoes filled the gym of the Salvation Army in Charlottesville on Saturday morning. As their doors opened, people in need of a few pairs flocked in.
“I got sneakers, I got cleats, I got boots,” says Loreen Steinocher.
All types of shoes lined the walls allowing people to sort through them and pick out a couple pairs.
Steinocher got seven pairs of shoes and is always pleased with the work done by the Salvation Army.
“I think the Salvation Army is doing a very good thing for the community,” says Steinocher. “I think to support the Salvation Army is a wonderful thing.”
The Salvation Army collects shoes all year long and local businesses host shoes drives.
“Dr. Schustek and I have been doing this together since 1999 now,” says Dr. Bryan Snyder, Charlottesville podiatrist. “Every year we put a lot of time and preparation into it and we're really thankful that the area is so generous.”
This year over 7,000 shoes were donated for the event, half of what was donated last year, but any amount is better than none.
“We've had this place filled up with mountains like this and they're down like this this year, but some are better than none,” says Snyder.
What they lacked in shoes, they made up in volunteers as more people came out to lend a helping hand for the occasion.
“Even though the donations of shoes were down, the number of volunteers was up dramatically this year,” explains Snyder. “So if anything that's got to give you some good feeling that people are willing to help each other.”
Bags of shoes were sorted for women, men and kids whatever the need, the Salvation Army strived to fill it.
This is the 23rd year of the "Shoes for the Homeless" event and over the years they have collected more than 100,000 shoes.