Photo Caption: Dr. Andy Harcourt and Dr. Michael Chamblee, Orthopaedic Specialists at Baldwin Bone & Joint, proudly display the mountain of shoes collected during the 2018 Many More Miles Campaign. The 2,383 pairs of shoes were donated to the outreach programs of Wings of Life, Discovery Ministries, and the Salvation Army.
Daphne, AL (March 28, 2018) – Hundreds of people – primarily students and teachers – in Baldwin and Mobile Counties recently donated gently used shoes to Baldwin Bone & Joint’s 15th Annual Many More Miles Campaign, resulting in a record-breaking total of donated 2,383 pairs of shoes that will find new life.
Baldwin Bone & Joint, P.C., the Port City Pacers, McCoy Outdoor Co., Dr. Glenn Glass, and the University of South Alabama Student Recreation Center partnered to collect shoes for the homeless outreach programs of Wings of Life, Discovery Ministries, and the Salvation Army Running Forward program. The campaign, now in its 15th year, got off to a running start in January and concluded at the Azalea Trail Run held on March 24th.
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. For the first year, Fairhope Intermediate (Fairhope) won first place, collecting 600 pairs of shoes and received a $300 cash prize. Rockwell Elementary (Spanish Fort) took second place ($200), and Mary B. Austin Elementary (Mobile) received third prize ($100).
Over the years, the 2,120 pairs of shoes (out of the total of 2,383 pairs) donated by local schools have provided the largest collective donation to this important campaign. Additionally, participation from local schools this year has shown significant growth. Other schools contributing to this year’s campaign include: Spanish Fort Elementary (BC), Foley Intermediate School (BC), Stapleton Elementary (BC), W.J. Carroll (BC), Dixon Elementary (MC), and Leinkauf Elementary (MC).
Used running shoes for the homeless may be donated year-round at McCoy Outdoor Co. on Springhill Avenue in Mobile.
For more information and to learn more about Many More Miles, call 251.656.3843.