Almost everybody’s closet could use a little thinning. Those high heels that looked great but were hardly ever worn, or those stylish men’s loafers still sitting in the box because there wasn’t a opportunity to take them out: they all can save a charitable purpose now, and you can do something for your health at the same time.
Brenau University is partnering with the Northeast Georgia Health System and Georgia’s District 2 Public Health Division to collect 5,280 pairs of shoes this fall for an event called Footloose for Fitness. That’s one pair of shoes for every “foot” of the Brenau Mile, a walking route for the community that circles Brenau’s campus. An alternative venue will be announced in case of rain.
Footloose for Fitness aims to raise wellness awareness in Gainesville and also to gather shoes for needy residents of Hall County. The shoes will be donated to the local Goodwill, the Salvation Army, Gateway House and Potter’s House.
During the main Footloose event on November 13th, volunteers are going to line the Brenau Mile from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with all the collected shoes. The public is invited to walk the Mile, which circles the campus along Boulevard, Park, Prior and Washington Street, following the line of 5,280 pairs of shoes.
Donations of new or gently used shoes can be made in a multitude of collection boxes that have been set up at Brenau University, local stores, and at public schools.