Something easily taken for granted is found on one’s feet when he or she heads to work, school or another place, or piled up in one’s closet: shoes.
On the heels of Thanksgiving, Coastal Podiatry Associates continues collecting new and gently used shoes – and new socks for relay to local needy children and adults. Drop-off donations for this third annual shoe drive through Dec. 15 are the practice’s offices in Myrtle Beach, Conway, Little River and near Surfside Beach.
Tanya Sewell, director of patient and community relations for the firm operated by four doctors and a crew of 15 people, said in the week before Thanksgiving that this annual collection began with inspiration from the global effort by the Soles4Souls shoe charity, and the outpouring of relief after the Haitian earthquake in January 2010.
Just thinking about such a basic need locally, Coastal Podiatry officials have stepped up awareness about this critical need across Horry County with this shoe drive every fall, Sewell said.
So we invite people to bring in gently worn shoes or new shoes. I know myself, I have shoes that I have never worn. Everybody has shoes in their closet that they have never worn or [only worn] a couple of times. And we are asking for new socks, not used.