At our meeting in December the kids decorated a big drop box to be left at the library where we meet, and then went out and left notes and bags at area houses asking for new and gently used shoe donations to be brought in. It was wonderful to see how eager the kids were to deliver the notes to the neighbors and arrange the shoe drive. The Earth Scouts hit the neighborhood to collect shoes and save lives. Earth Scouts canvas the neighborhoodIn addition to leaving notes for area residents, the kids also collected shoes from their family, friends, and their own homes.
I have to admit I was a bit nervous coming back to the library to see how many shoes would be in the drop box (this probably stemmed from the fact that when we did a food drive a few months back in our own neighborhood we only received food from 10% of the houses that we left notes at). But, when we arrived in the lobby of the library, I was happily surprised to find that the drop box was filled to the rim with shoes. The shoe drive was a big success, and the kids were all proud of their hard work. Shoes save lives!It was awesome to see, and even more awesome was hearing my son express such gratitude for all the shoes!
This full box, along with all the shoes that the kids brought in from home resulted in a huge pile of shoes–so many shoes that we needed two cars to take them home from the library! I was so proud of all the hard work the kids did. And it was wonderful to see how happy and proud the kids were of themselves, knowing that they were making a big difference in the lives of many people.