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March 2, 2018

Record response from Mobile/Baldwin County schools as they commit to collect shoes for local homeless families while earning cash for their schools’ P.E. programs

Daphne, AL (March 1, 2018) – Local runners and exercise enthusiasts may have put a lot of miles on old running shoes, but when they are donated to the “Many More Miles” campaign, those shoes will come to life again as they land on the feet of someone who really needs them.

For the 15th consecutive year, Baldwin Bone & Joint, P.C. is hosting this important community outreach project, partnering with the Port City Pacers, Dr. Glenn Glass, The University of South Alabama Student Recreation Center, and Mobile/Baldwin County schools to collect shoes for the homeless outreach programs of Wings of Life, Discovery Ministries, and the Salvation Army Running Forward program. Response to the campaign has grown since its inception from 200 pairs donated in 2004 to just under 2000 pairs distributed in 2017. This year’s campaign began in January and final shoe drop-offs will be received at the 2018 Azalea Trail Run on Saturday, March 24th.

Mobile and Baldwin County students are challenged to collect shoes for homeless families in the area while earning money for their schools’ P.E. programs. Baldwin Bone & Joint will award cash prizes to the top three participating schools who donate the most shoes. Over the years, shoes donated by local schools have provided the largest collective donation to this important campaign.

For the past two years, Dixon Elementary, Fairhope Intermediate, and Spanish Fort Elementary have won first ($300), second ($200), and third ($100) place prizes, consecutively.

The response from schools this year has shown significant growth. Those participating schools to-date include:

  • Spanish Fort Elementary (BC)
  • Fairhope Intermediate School (BC)
  • Foley Intermediate School (BC)
  • Stapleton Elementary (BC)
  • J. Larry Newton Elementary (BC)
  • Mary B. Austin Elementary (MC)
  • Dixon Elementary (MC)

Those interested in participating are encouraged to clean up those gently used shoes, tie them together in pairs and drop them off at any of the following locations:

  • Baldwin Bone and Joint (1505 Daphne Avenue, Daphne)
  • Dr. Glenn Glass’ Office (1303 Main Street, Daphne)
  • The University of South Alabama Student Recreation Center
  • Participating Schools in Mobile & Baldwin Counties
  • Final Drop-off Opportunity: 2018 Azalea Trail Run Expo (Friday and Saturday, March 23-24, Mobile Civic Center)

For more information, call 251.621.5387.