Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Bellingham Bells Holding Shoe Drive on July 13

Fans of the Bells baseball team in Bellingham, Washington will have a chance to 'step-up' by donating their new or gently worn shoes at Joe Martin Field during the game. The Bells Baseball Club will be having a "Beach Day" on Sunday, July 13th when they host the Corvallis Knights.

Fans are encouraged to wear their best beach attire and to help out a very important cause. The game will start at 4:00 pm, gates to open at 3:00 pm.

"Since we hope our fans will be wearing sandals, flip-flops and other beach attire, what a great day to also donate your extra shoes at the game," stated Bells manager Dave Lewis. "There are people all over the world who have been victims of terrible circumstances or just can't afford footwear."

The concourse of Joe Martin Field will have collection boxes and Soles4Souls representatives to assist in the collection of the shoes. Fans who do not have shoes to donate can still help out by donating money to aid in the shipping and delivery of the shoes.

Silvana and Allan Clark have been involved locally in Bellingham with several Soles4Souls events.

"Last summer we distributed shoes in Guatemala for Soles4Souls to children who didn't even own a pair of shoes. They were so excited to have shoes to protect their feet as they walked long distances over dirt roads," Allan said. "Americans take for granted that we have shoes for any occasion. Many people in developing countries risk cuts and infections to their feet because they don't own a single pair of shoes."

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