Podiatry students collect shoes for Haiti
STRATFORD, N.J. - March 16, 2010 (WPVI) -- 1,674 pairs of new or gently used shoes were collected at various Kennedy Health System locations in Camden County over the last 3 weeks. That number is 3 times what organizers had hoped for during the collection.The shoes are destined for earthquake victims in Haiti, the effort was the brain child of hospital executive Beth Reichman.
"I had seen a segment on 'Shoes 2 Share' on Action News one night when I was home and I thought it would be a natural fit for our podiatry residency program to partner with Kennedy and have a shoe drive," she explained.
'Shoes 2 Share' is a Wilmington, Delaware based charity. Its founder, Tim Wampler, was on hand to pick up the shoes which will become part of a larger shipment bound for the hard hit Caribbean nation.
'Shoes 2 Share' began 7 years ago when Wampler and his wife adopted 2 children from Haiti. They were appalled at how so many people had to live without the basics.
"We started taking shoes down in suitcases during the adoption process; from that humble beginning we started 'Shoes 2 Share'. We now process nearly 50,000 shoes a month."
new jersey, camden county, wilmington, haitian earthquake, local/state, john rawlins
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