Heart and Sole
The MSUCOM Shoe Project
We're currently accepting limited quantities of gently used shoes.
Please email Ann Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make a donation.
Heart and Sole is a charitable project of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM). It provides new and gently used shoes to the poorest of the world’s people. Since the project began in 1999, more than 15,000 pairs of shoes have been shipped around the world.
In many poor nations – where people often live surrounded by environmental hazards – decent footwear is a luxury. Much of the population, especially the children, simply do not have shoes. This lack hinders them from finding work or even going to school. That’s why this program is exceedingly important.
Staff in the college have received donations of footwear from individuals, researchers in the college and other organizations. The shoes are boxed and sent out as funds allow.
In addition, other faculty, staff and students have taken boxes of shoes for distribution when they traveled to Third World countries or impoverished areas of the United States.
Ways That You Can Help
Heart and Sole is always looking for new or gently used shoes that can be shared with needy families.
Heart and Sole organizers have found that gathering shoes is quite easy, but obtaining the funds required to ship them abroad is difficult. One box of 10-15 pairs of shoes can cost as much as $40.00 to ship overseas and Heart and Sole currently has a supply of shoes waiting to be sent out for lack of funds. Please make checks payable to “MSUCOM” and mail to the address below. All donations to Heart and Sole are administered by the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
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you, or someone you know, live or works overseas, are planning an
international mission trip, or can provide other low-cost methods of
delivery, Heart and Sole can provide you with shoes that can be
distributed to a region in need.
Ordinary people can make a difference. That’s the lesson of the MSUCOM Shoe Project, Heart and Sole, a charity drive that has given new and used shoes and boots to needy children and adults on three different continents. The project has collected shoes and boots from college faculty, students, and staff as well as from area high school students; shipped shoes to Malawi, Nicaragua, Haiti and Honduras; and donated boots to the Greater Lansing area.