For the fourth year, Student Senators at Iowa Lakes Community College will be holding a Soles4Souls shoe drive, an outreach project to benefit both disabled and underprivileged individuals. The drive will be held on all Iowa Lakes campuses as well as the Administration building April 2 - 17.
The project is a partnership with Horizons Unlimited in Emmetsburg. After the collection at Iowa Lakes, the shoes will be taken to Horizons Unlimited where preparing them for distribution to those in need will provide work opportunities for approximately 73 people with disabilities. Soles4Souls has provided shoes to over 19 million individuals across the globe.
“Most people have a pair of shoes they don’t wear anymore that are in good condition, and we’re asking them to donate them. We will have collection boxes at each Iowa Lakes campus and the Administration building in Estherville from April 2 – 17.” said Emmetsburg Campus Student Senate Advisor Bill Lapczenski. “This is a great opportunity for students to be involved with a meaningful service project that will ultimately benefit many people,” he added.
Anyone wishing to donate shoes - including the general public - can drop them off at any Iowa Lakes campus or the Administration building in Estherville during regular business hours throughout the drive. Donors are asked to tie shoes together by the shoelaces, or bind them with a rubber band before placing them in the collection boxes.
Emmetsburg Student Senator Jake Jackson is starting to put together the collection boxes for the Soles4Souls project.