Evolution of a Shop #19: 672 Pairs of Shoes=No woodworking

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Blog entry by Cory posted 04-04-2011 08:15 PM 3724 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My 7 year old daughter decided about a month ago to have a shoe drive to try and collect shoes for Soles 4 Souls. If you don’t know anything about the organization, they take shoes in any condition and donate them to needy children and families around the world. Soles 4 Souls is trying to raise 11 million pairs of shoes in 2011. Zoe came to me and my wife and said, “if each kid at my school gave a pair, I could raise 300 pairs of shoes for kids who don’t have any”. We were touched that she wanted to help, so over the past month we’ve been asking for donations and living in a pile of shoes. Zoe’s initial goal of 300 pairs seemed daunting at first, but with each passing week, the piles grew bigger.

After the first 5 huge trash bags were full of shoes (that took less than a week), they moved from the laundry room to my shop. So, for the past month my shop has been a storage area for shoes. Zoe’s final tally was 672 pairs. They took up almost the entire garage. Soles 4 Souls is based in Nashville, so last weekend we made the three hour drive down to donate all the shoes. I wasn’t happy about the sites/smells of that many pairs of shoes in my shop, but I couldn’t be prouder of my little girl and her heart for service.

Here are a couple of pics of some of the shoes in my shop, and in the trailer we had to rent to get them down there:

So, after a month of not building anything or spending any time in the shop, I was chomping at the bit. I have been wanting to put down white laminate on my outfeed table for quite a while. Yesterday I happened onto some laminate at Lowe’s in their discount section. I got three full sheets for $50. Now my outfeed table is a little prettier and I got some good experience with laminate.

I joked with Zoe that her next project should be Planes for Souls, where we take in gently used hand planes, restore them, and give them to young wood workers. Who knows, with her energy and enthusiasm, I might be out of a shop again soon.

Thanks for reading.


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#1 posted 04-04-2011 08:35 PM

very cool project, and quite a success story. touche!

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#2 posted 04-04-2011 10:05 PM

I can only hope that some other kids out there can take what your daughter did as an example .. kudos to the both of you.

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#3 posted 04-04-2011 11:36 PM

touché …. beaten by an 7 year old children making a goal other only wuold dream of doing
she is going and has already started to be one of those were one person can makes the different

Zoe …. you are one helluwa girl keep on knocking us down …. you can be proud of your self

thank´s Cory for backing her up and share it with us :-) I gess you are walking around in slippers now…LOL

take care

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#4 posted 04-05-2011 12:45 AM

Cory: Stellar job on the outfeed table laminant…..Nothing like a good slick surface to slide that expensive wood across… I know you’re very proud of your little daughter…what fathers aren’t. Way to go for being able to give her the help she needed…...she’ll love daddy a little bit more…..:))

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#5 posted 04-06-2011 02:35 AM

Give Zoe a great big hug for me. As one who has been volunteering in one form or another for over half a century, it warms my heart to see one so young getting involved in what I hope will be a lifelong passion for service to her fellow man. It takes one as young as her to set an “impossible” goal and achieve it simply because she doesn’t know it’s impossible. She is to be congratulated. As her dad and mentor, so are you.

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#6 posted 04-06-2011 02:54 PM

Thanks for all the kind words, gentlemen. As you can all imagine, I’m extremely proud of my little girl!

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