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Local service agencies get some soles

Monday, April 12th, 2010 | 4:05 pm

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Volunteer Craig Garries of the Sunrise Rotary Club and Soles4Souls sorts through just some of the estimated 10,000 shoes that have been collected so far in the Okanagan in the campaign. They are all destined for Haitian feet and will be sent to the earthquake-affected Caribbean island nation later this month. (Photo Chris Stanford)

By Kathy Michaels

A plan to accumulate 25,000 pairs of shoes proved to be a lot more successful than expected.

Jim Belshaw, owner of Roy’s Shoes, managed to coax 40,000 pairs out of Okanaganite’s closets, during the Soles4Souls project. They will be used to help shoe those who use local service agencies like the Gospel Mission or Salvation Army, as well as those in need internationally.

“It’s been incredible,” said Belshaw, the owner of Roy’s Shoes, as the shoes were collected.  ”I’m really proud to call myself a Kelownian. A special thanks to all of the Okanagan people who opened their hearts and closets. We have exceeded our goal by 15,000. Please hold onto your shoes for next year as we will repeat this event.”

While the charity drive finished up weeks ago, a warehouse on Enterprise Way has been a hot-bed of activity as volunteers sorted and boxed up all the shoes.

Tomorrow will be the big unveiling as all social agencies of the Okanagan will arrive to pick up shoes for their clients.

The depot and sort location is at #109-1641 Commerce Road in Kelowna,  on the corner of Enterprise and Commerce.

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