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Student collecting shoes for Soles2Souls

Pam LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 26, 2014

A University of Texas at Austin student is spearheading a drive to collect shoes to help the poor.

The shoes will be delivered to Soles4Souls, a non-profit organization that gives used shoes and clothing to people in need and also uses them to create sustainable jobs and fund direct relief efforts.

“The simple truth is that almost anyone with a closet has shoes they don’t wear, or an old pair that will just end up in a landfill,” said Edgar Ramirez, who is heading the drive. “Give those to us, and know that you are taking a step to making the world a better place for all of us.”

New or used shoes of all types can be dropped off through May 1 at the Austin Fitness Clinic, 4111 Marathon Boulevard, Suite 140.