SLT completes shoe drive

Members of the Sheldon High School student leadership team stand next to Village Northwest Unlimited president and CEO Barry Whitsell as he talks about the good that young people can do in the world on Thursday, May 16.

SHELDON—The Sheldon High School Student Leadership Team, also known as the SLT, had a more-than-successful shoe drive.

Led by the SLT, the Sheldon School District and the community collected and donated 4,008.5 pairs of shoes, which was way more than expected.

The SLT alongside representatives from the Village Northwest Unlimited in Sheldon shared this information during the Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation’s monthly luncheon on Thursday, May 16, in the basement of the Sheldon Community Services Center.

Shoes collected from the drive, which ran April 1-26, will be donated to Soles4Souls.

Sophomore SLT member Tori Fjeld said the organization is based in Nashville, TN, and takes new or used shoes and gives them to people in need in other countries.

Every seven seconds Soles4Souls delivers a pair of shoes to someone in need, according to the nonprofit.

The Village is one place locally where shoes are sent to be graded. When people donate shoes, jobs open up for residents of the Village.

Junior Hannah Uhl shared reasons why the shoes are important, including that children in Third World countries can walk to school with a slightly better pair of shoes.

Shoes are not only important to children but also adults, Uhl explained. Adults are able to walk to work and raise money for their families.

During the presentation, Village CEO Barry Whitsell asked the students why they decided to do this project.

“We wanted to step out of our comfort zone and make known to the community about SLT,” said junior Madison Van Meeteren

”We wanted to participate with an organization that was already established,” said sophomore Kellen De Kok:

“Running an organization takes a lot of work and made us all come together,” Uhl said.

“We are young, but made a huge difference for others,” said sophomore Brooklyn Grady.