Wed. Jul 6th, 2022
The ten thousand pairs of collected shoes piled into a regular sized bus.

On April 5, the A.E. Finley YMCA hosted the “One Day Without Shoes” (ODWS)  walk to raise money and collect shoes for less fortunate children in Africa.

TOMS, a popular shoe brand, supported the event, and for every pair of TOMS bought, a child in Africa receives a pair. For those not able to attend the event, TOMS could be bought through the A.E. Finley YMCA website.

The YMCA also encouraged to donate old pairs of shoes to the cause. For every donated pair of shoes, TOMS would match the donation with a new pair.

Jeffrey Burruss, sophomore, participated in the event. “It was very successful,” said Burruss. “We had three to four hundred people attend, and everyone seemed to have a really good time.”

The event consisted of what Burruss described as “foot-related” games. ODWS attendees participated in games of soccer, the painting of a TOMS themed flag, and decorating shirts with footprints, all bare-footed, of course.

In total, the YMCA organizations of the Triangle area donated over 9,000 pairs of TOMS, with the A.E. Finley branch contributing 4,000 of that number.

By Virginia Reed, Online Editor

Virginia Reed is a superb writer and an even better friend. She enjoys unhealthy foods and writing sarcastic articles. Virginia is the Online Editor for the 2011-12 school year and was a Managing Editor for the 2010-11 year but has not forgotten her humble beginnings as a staff writer when she was a wee sophomore. Her goals for the future are to get an A in newspaper and to apply to college in a timely fashion.

One thought on “One Day Without Shoes”
  1. What a fantastic event! I love hearing stories about human kindness. It reminds us all that there are plenty of good things going on in our world. God Bless!

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