Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Cal State Fullerton Students Collect Shoes

Donating shoes is the new fad in community service for college students. Whether you sport the trendy Toms or collect used shoes for those in need like Cal State Fullerton's Multicultural Greek Council, it's good for you and the world.

MCGC will be holding a shoe drive on Tuesday, Feb. 3 in the main Quad of CSUF from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m to collect shoes for Soles4Souls, MCGC President Phuong Le, said. Music, snacks, fliers and information will also be available. The shoe drive is part of a month-long effort to collect shoes.

"People get new shoes for Christmas," Le, a 21-year-old human services major, said. "I thought this philanthropy would be a great idea because college students have so many unused shoes in their closets, and what better thing to do with them than to help someone else out?"

Le wanted to start the new semester off the right way. She thought about a "kick-off," and immediately knew she wanted to do something with shoes. She searched the internet for shoe charities and Soles4Souls came up.

Jose Mendoza, a 19-year-old political science major and a memeber of the MCGC, likes the idea of Soles4Souls because it is helping people of different cultures all over the world. "It doesn't just help one specific region. It goes where it's most needed," he said.

MCGC is excited about helping out the needy, as well as getting their name spread around campus.

"We're a pretty small council, and we're trying to put our name on the map. By doing Soles4Souls, it's a way to show that MCGC, as small as we are, is trying to give back to the community as much as we can," Shuavarnnasri said.

MCGC is collecting all styles of shoes for Soles4Souls, from high heels to running shoes, Le said. After Tuesday's event, they will be collecting shoes in the Dean of Students office in TSU-235 for the rest of February. Le asks for a $1 donation so the shoes can be cleaned and shipped to the Soles4Souls warehouse in Las Vegas.

No comments: