Over the years, over 200,000 pairs of shoes have been donated at One Day Without Shoes events.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – It has been the work of many years (this is 12) to get over 200,000 pairs of shoes donated to the People’s City Mission. But no matter how much time passes, people get excited every year.
Cornhusker Bank started One Day Without Shoes all those years ago with just a few collection sites. Now they’re at almost 100 places where you can drop off your lightly worn shoes, all going to a place where they’re really needed.
“About 20,000 are donated each year,” says Carissa Bullock, Cornhusker Bank’s vice president of marketing. “You would think it would last quite a while, but in fact, in about a month, they are all given.”
It starts to make sense when you think about the importance of shoes. After all, when was the last time you spent an entire day barefoot?
“Shoes are a very important thing to most of us,” says Pastor Tom of the People’s City Mission. “For many people, it’s a luxury item. Many of our guests and people fighting poverty don’t even have a car; they have to walk a lot, so shoes become really important.
It’s a good thing, then, that the number of donations is on the rise after COVID.
“Over 30,000 a few years ago, and I think this year we should be over 20,000. I think it’s coming back.” Pastor Tom adds, “Maybe even 25,000 is the hope. “
That’s a lot of shoes, year after year. You have to wonder how they can maintain this pace.
“[It] says a lot about the Lincoln community,” says Pastor Tom. “We are a very giving community and the people here care about those in need, and it shows all the time.”
Maybe people have a specific reason. For Bullock, it’s the kids.
“Just seeing those little faces light up with excitement to come in is what keeps me going every year and moving forward in continuing to collect shoes for them” , she says.
Whatever the reason, you can’t deny the results. People keep coming back.
Although donations have already been received, things are really getting started with the One Day No Shoes Awareness Walk. It’s Wednesday, starting with a press conference at 11:15 a.m. and the march right after. It begins at the Cornhusker Bank location at 8310 O Street and extends to the People’s City Mission Help Center at 68th and P Streets.
For more information on how you can make a difference, check out the One Day Without Shoes website.