Soles4Souls shoe drive supports all walks of life

Students donated new or gently used shoes at the ONU football game Oct. 15. A total of 200 pairs were collected. Photo by Morgan McCririe

By Jenny White

Olivet will be supporting the less fortunate this fall with its Soles4Souls drive, taking place Oct. 15 through Nov. 1.

Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people willing to donate. The charity distributes these shoes to people around the world who are in need, regardless of race, religion, class or any other criteria.

The challenge being presented to ONU students throughout the month is to find at least one pair of shoes to donate. These shoes can be brand new or lightly worn.

During the football game on Oct. 15, over 200 pairs of shoes were collected, according to junior Alyssa Wilkins, an athletic training major who worked closely with the event. The missions fair this past Friday collected 431 pairs of shoes.

For students who missed the collection events, donations will be accepted through Nov. 1 in the athletic training department.
Soles4Souls accepts all types of shoes: athletic, running, dress, sandals, pumps, heels, work boots, cleats, dance, or flip-flops, just as long as they are new or gently worn.

If students are unable to donate an actual pair of shoes, monetary donations are always accepted online at

For every $1 donated to Soles4Souls, the organization can provide one additional pair of shoes to someone in need.

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