Monday, July 13, 2009

Thanks from EAST

Here is a thank you note that was printed in the Creston News Advertiser, in Creston Iowa. The letter was from Shawn Miller, a teacher at Creston High School EAST, who wanted to thank his students and all the others in the community who participated in their shoe drive. We also want to take the time to thank the great students of Creston High for helping Soles4Souls "change the world, one pair at a time." Great job Creston High School!

I want to take a moment to thank each and every one of you that made our Creston High School EAST classes Soles4Souls project so successful. Near the end of the school year, a handful of my students became interested in a shoe collecting organization called Soles4Souls after learning of the plight of children in impoverished countries.

All told, we were able to collect a total of 555 pairs of shoes, boots, sandals, etc., of all sizes, makes and models that will be sent to the headquarters of Soles4Souls organization in Nashville, Tenn., and then sent to children worldwide in need. Our original goal for this project was to bring in 300 pairs of shoes which we easily surpassed due in large part to the outstanding support of the Creston community in this worthwhile cause. A special thank you goes out to the following individuals and businesses for either hosting a drop off location for this cause and/or for their sizable donations: Rhonda Miller and the employees of Bunn, the Dollar General Store, The Family Shoe Store, Greater Regional Medical Center and Crooks Clothing Company in Greenfieid.

We appreciate all of the support that EAST has received from the entire Creston community and particularly from the respective interest groups and businesses that exist here. The support has really benefited the program as we work diligently to lay the foundation for the only EAST program in the state of Iowa.

Thanks again for all of your help with this project. We couldn’t have done it without you!

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