My 7 year old daughter decided about a month ago to have a shoe drive to try and collect shoes for Soles 4 Souls. If you don’t know anything about the organization, they take shoes in any condition and donate them to needy children and families around the world. Soles 4 Souls is trying to raise 11 million pairs of shoes in 2011. Zoe came to me and my wife and said, “if each kid at my school gave a pair, I could raise 300 pairs of shoes for kids who don’t have any”. We were touched that she wanted to help, so over the past month we’ve been asking for donations and living in a pile of shoes. Zoe’s initial goal of 300 pairs seemed daunting at first, but with each passing week, the piles grew bigger.
After the first 5 huge trash bags were full of shoes (that took less than a week), they moved from the laundry room to my shop. So, for the past month my shop has been a storage area for shoes. Zoe’s final tally was 672 pairs. They took up almost the entire garage. Soles 4 Souls is based in Nashville, so last weekend we made the three hour drive down to donate all the shoes. I wasn’t happy about the sites/smells of that many pairs of shoes in my shop, but I couldn’t be prouder of my little girl and her heart for service.
Here are a couple of pics of some of the shoes in my shop, and in the trailer we had to rent to get them down there:
So, after a month of not building anything or spending any time in the shop, I was chomping at the bit. I have been wanting to put down white laminate on my outfeed table for quite a while. Yesterday I happened onto some laminate at Lowe’s in their discount section. I got three full sheets for $50. Now my outfeed table is a little prettier and I got some good experience with laminate.
I joked with Zoe that her next project should be Planes for Souls, where we take in gently used hand planes, restore them, and give them to young wood workers. Who knows, with her energy and enthusiasm, I might be out of a shop again soon.
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