Now that the holiday season is upon us, the focus of our society turns to shopping, gifts, and other material-driven thoughts & activities. That is bit dis-heartening, if you ask me. Although my readership may be small, and my impact even smaller, I have decided to use my blog for the next few weeks to focus on the real meaning of this time of year; being thankful for what we have and helping those who are not as fortunate. The next few weeks, I will be highlighting some organizations that can help you reduce your clutter, and at the same time help those in need.
Here is idea #1. Have you heard about Soles4Souls? This charity collects gently worn shoes to provide shoes to those in need. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has delivered over 16 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes to people in over 127 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal and the United States.
Now, let’s be honest. If I walked into your closet right now, how many unused, worn-out pairs would I find? How many of those pairs have you thought about getting rid of before, but stopped yourself just in case you need them [for that one outfit you probably also never wear]?
Instead of answering me, just go to your closet- yes, right now- and pull out those pairs of scoots. Then log on to the website for Soles4Souls, click on the “shipping” link in the sidebar, and send those shoes to the warehouse. Imagine how much those 1 or 2 pairs of shoes will mean to someone in a poor country, or in our own country, who does not have a pair to protect their feet this winter. It is a win-win for everyone. A cleaner closet, a lucky sole, and an act in the true spirit of the holidays.
So I challenge you; take 5 minutes today and donate a few pairs of shoes. And make sure you let me know about your good deed! I’d like to know if I have an impact, even a tiny little one.