A Siouxland group that collects shoes and sends them to those in need around the world has hit a major milestone. On Thursday, the folks at Village Northwest Unlimited in Sheldon, Iowa processed their one-millionth pair of shoes through the Soles4Souls program.
Soles4Souls is based in Nashville, Tennessee. Through the program, new and used shoes are collected and sent to 128 countries. Village Northwest has been a program partner since 2009.
Village Northwest Unlimited is a work center for people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Residents of the Village pair up and rubber band the shoes together. The shoes are then sorted by grading them into designated boxes based on their overall condition: New, High Grade Used and other. Shoes given an "other" designation are typically shoes like winter boots or lower grade shoes.
Stacie Jorgensen, Director of Advancement at Village Northwest Unlimited said, "The Soles4Souls Processing Center at the Village provides valuable work opportunities for the people we serve and gives them the dignity of having a job and the reward of earning a paycheck. It is also a great way for the people we serve to help other people in need throughout the world."
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