For the second year of their participation in Walk MS in Ocean City, Jessica Goldstein wanted others to be able to walk in their shoes — literally.
Goldstein, of Linwood, joined up with Somers Point teacher Casey Edge and her students to collect hundreds of pounds of shoes that will be sold to benefit people in need, with the funds going toward multiple sclerosis research.
“This is our second year doing it,” Goldstein said of the five-mile walk, scheduled for Sunday, May 4. Her sister, Elizabeth Arteaga, of Pennsylvania, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis six years ago. She and her family formed Team Stepping Out for MS.
Just in time for spring cleaning, Goldstein partnered with Chic Shoes and Grace and Glory Yoga, both in Northfield, and Fischer’s Shoes in Linwood to collect old shoes for ShoeBox Recycling.
“Worn but not worn out,” Goldstein said. After being sold, they’re refitted and sent to help the needy in other countries.
“We didn’t want to keep asking people for monetary donations,” Goldstein said. “But everyone has a pair of shoes.”
In addition, Edge, a seventh- and eighth-grade teacher at the Jordan Road School, said, “I was interested in a service project for my students, to show how something small can turn big and benefit others.
After talking about it with her students, they decided to run a shoe drive for one week.
“Kids of all grades at Jordan Road brought shoes to school,” Edge said. “My class was responsible for collecting, sorting and determining whether the shoes were eligible. They boxed them up and they’re ready to ship.”
The students collected 480 pounds of shoes, filling a dozen boxes — each worth $20 a box, garnering $240 for Goldstein’s MS fund.
“It was just filled up to the woodwork with shoes of all shapes and sizes,” said Goldstein of all the shoe-collecting locations.
The students also left notes as a way of finding out where the shoes end up, she said.
Edge “singlehandedly raised awareness with her students, set up a large display in the school, helped her students make a public service announcement and is extremely dedicated to making our efforts a huge success,” Goldstein said.
For information, and to donate, see walkpae.nationalmssociety.org and click on “Donate” to search for this year's team, MS Minions.
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