Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Save your sneakers

Enactus club encourages students to donate shoes

As another semester comes to a close, Liberty University’s School of Business club Enactus has partnered with the nonprofit organization Shoe Good to provide students with one last opportunity to impact the world this semester.

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With summer break quickly approaching, Enactus is hoping that students will be willing to donate their old or unwanted shoes.

“Shoe Good is a nonprofit organization that distributes donated shoes to impoverished and often times disaster stricken communities around the world,” School of Business student Jessica Hippe said.

Hoping to get students involved with Shoe Good’s mission, Enactus members have covered the walls of the campus with flyers, spreading the mission of Enactus and Shoe Good.

Enactus is asking that students join their cause to provide shoes for people who might not be able to afford them.

According to Hippe, recycling unused shoes can reduce the carbon footprint and prevent excessive waste to the community.

“Enactus would be delighted if anyone would be willing to donate your lightly used tennis shoes to our drive,” George Young, faculty advisor of Enactus and associate professor of the School of Business, said. “For the average American family, this might just be cleaning out the closet, but for the recipient of this desperately needed footwear, your donation is a true blessing.”

Enactus and Shoe Good have placed bins all around the Lynchburg Community in hopes that people from all over the city will take to the mission. Their main shoe bins are located in DeMoss Hall next to the Career Center and the School of Business, located at DeMoss Hall 1066.

According to Young, Enactus will be visiting all of the dorms on campus to collect shoes and inform students about Shoe Good’s mission.

“I think what Enactus is doing is admirable,” Liberty University freshman Andy Shiver said. “I have already donated a couple pairs of my shoes and am hoping some students on campus will as well.”

The drive will continue into the summer in order for students to continue providing shoes for the needy.

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