Local Students Contribute 70% of Shoes Donated to Homeless Outreach Organizations
Daphne, AL (April 5, 2019) – Hundreds of people – primarily students and teachers – in Baldwin and Mobile Counties recently donated gently used shoes to Baldwin Bone & Joint’s 16th Annual Many More Miles Campaign, resulting in 2,728 pairs of shoes finding new life. Last year’s campaign resulted in just over 2,000 pairs donated.
Baldwin Bone & Joint, P.C., Dr. Glenn Glass, the University of South Alabama Student Recreation Center, and local schools partnered to collect shoes for the homeless outreach programs of Family Promise of Baldwin County and Wings of Life. The campaign, now in its 16th year, got off to a running start in January and concluded at the Azalea Trail Run held on March 23rd.
Mobile and Baldwin County students were challenged to collect shoes for homeless families in the area while earning money for their schools’ P.E. programs. Baldwin Bone & Joint awards cash prizes to the top three participating schools who donate the most shoes. Fairhope Intermediate won first place, collecting 1,100 pairs of shoes and received a $300 cash prize. Rockwell Elementary took second place ($200), and Mary B. Austin Elementary received third prize ($100).
The 1,906 pairs of shoes (out of the total of 2,728 pairs) donated by local schools have provided the largest collective donation to this important campaign. The response from schools this year has shown significant growth. Other schools participating in this year’s campaign include Dixon Elementary (MC), Bayside Academy (BC), and Spanish Fort Elementary (BC).