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Need to clear some room in the shoe closet? Bring gently used pairs to tonight’s Rockets game

Saturday, March 13th, 2010 | 4:40 pm

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Jim Belshaw of Roy's Shoe Repair in Kelowna holds a pair shoes destined for Haiti. The Sunrise Rotary Club member has been spearheading the Soles4Souls campaign to collect unused footwear and hopes to ship 25,000 pairs to the Caribbean island nation later this month. (Photo Chris Stanford) staff

The Kelowna Rockets have put their support behind Jim Belshaw and the Soles4Souls campaign, which is aiming to raise 25,000 pairs of shoes in 25 days.

During tonight’s  Kelowna Rockets vs Prince George Cougars Home Game at Prospera Place, they’ll be accepting your gently worn shoes, allowing you to be a part of the project allowing those in need to walk in comfort and, at times, style.

To date the community participation has been incredible, said  Belshaw, the owner of Roy’s Shoes, of the Soles4Souls project that will first help shoe those who use local service agencies like the Gospel Mission or Salvation Army, as well as those in need internationally. ”I’m really proud to call myself a Kelownian.”

With donations coming in at a rate of about 1,000 donations a day across all of his drop off locations, Belshaw’s expecting to meet if not exceed his goal.

Belshaw said that it’s estimated most people have two or three extra pairs kicking around in their closet, and pointed out donating them is a much greener way to clear room for more than throwing them into the a landfill.

To find out where to donate go to Belshaw’s site.

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