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Events, Rescue Missions, Seattle, Seattle

Follow the Signs

2 Comments 02 July 2010

Under this sign everyone has shoes.

Under this sign people need shoes

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like. – Saint Augustine

Last week took us to Seattle for the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & 1/2 Marathon.  Seattle is a city I have a love for because of my wife calling it home. Many friends and family remain in the rainy city.  I had been looking forward to attending this event ever since we missed it’s inaugural race last year.

To begin with, I had an amazing group of friends who I met all on Twitter that were helping me promote we would be in Seattle.  My friend Ryan Hodgson from Team Up for Non-Profits introduced me to Debbie Whitlock who hosts a radio show in Seattle. Not only was Debbie kind enough to volunteer her time to work our booth but she also had me on her radio show. (listen here) Thanks again Debbie!  The stage was set and we were ready to collect shoes on behalf of the Seattle Union Gospel Mission.

Look for this sign at your next race

Every event I can’t help but want to collect as many shoes possible.  This event was no different. The first day at the expo started out pretty slow until 6:30 pm when I got a call from a donor asking if I could meet her curbside to unload some shoes. As I approached her tailgate I was shocked! She had collected 6 HUGE garbage bags of shoes on her own. After hauling them inside I was off to an event hoping to network with people who I thought might be able to further our cause. I met some incredible people and made some great friends who I think will help us down the road. Only time will tell and that’s for another post.

After two days of collecting at the expo it was race day. I always enjoy race day because there is something breathtaking about people donating their shoes while facing sheer exhaustion. Even though their body is in turmoil their spirit still wants to give more and that is remarkable to me.

Race donor expressing her joy for giving

Luckily the Seattle rain never made an appearance and we were able to collect shoes from a great number of runners. By days end we had 452 pairs for those in need on the streets of Seattle. After we finished for the day, the shelter did their daily pickup onsite and took the shoes. By Monday they would be on the feet of people who needed them. Little did I know the first pair to be handed out would be to a woman who was in desperate need of shoes.

Feet of woman needing shoes

I showed up at the shelter Monday morning to get some film footage for our site and to interview a few people on the street about what it means to have a pair of shoes. Even though it was the mens shelter, this woman appeared in hopes of getting in for food. Little did she know a pair of shoes is what she would also receive. This picture doesn’t even begin to tell the story of what her feet looked like. They were swollen and cracked beyond anything imaginable. I went to the basement of the shelter where all the donated items were stored and started tearing open bags of shoes until I found 3 pairs that I thought might fit her. Most times people have forgotten their size, either because they have been wearing the wrong size to just make do or they have not had the money to buy an adequate pair. Lucky for her, the first pair she tried, fit.

If the shoe fits, it's yours!

As I look back on our transaction I remember she had a mask on for allergy reasons or health reasons of some other kind and we never exchanged names. I guess it really wasn’t necessary. All I could see was her eyes and as I looked up from her foot as it slid into her new shoe I could tell from the lines around her eyes a smile was under her mask. “Thank you sir” was all that was said and we parted ways.

There are many signs we come across in our daily lives. Sometimes if we follow them we stay out of harms way and if we don’t, bad things happen. I’m not sure what signs those on the street might have seen and not followed and to be honest it’s not for me to say they should have. All I know is, the sign I’ve read says for us to love our neighbor. That’s definitely one I think if we all followed more often would change the world. After all, you can’t look at this smile and tell me different.

Man on the street expressing his joy of receiving

Just Announced! Los Angeles 13.1 Marathon

Events, Los Angeles

Just Announced! Los Angeles 13.1 Marathon

3 Comments 31 December 2009

Running 13.1 at Venice Beach! What could be better!

Running 13.1 at Venice Beach! What could be better!

We are excited to be participating in the Inaugural 13.1 Marathon Los Angeles event taking place January 10th, 2010.  This event is to be a sure hit since US Road Sports & Entertainment Group are behind it.  US Road Sports & Entertainment Group are also known for the ING Miami Marathon, ING Georgia Marathon and the Chicago Half Marathon.  They are kicking off 2010 with one of eight 13.1 Marathon races taking place from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale.

Not only is this going to be a great race series but to make it even better World Vision is the major charity sponsor for the series. We will be sharing booth space with Team World Vision near the finish line area on race day, January 10th from 6am-2pm where we will be collecting shoes.  We recommend that you either check the shoes you want to donate at bag check at the beginning of the race and pick them up when you finish or have someone who is there to cheer you on bring them to our booth.  For runners who want to donate the shoes you run in right off your feet we will give you a FREE pair of Give Your Sole flip flops (while supplies last) so you won’t go away barefoot!

All the shoes we collect will be donated to help those in need at the Union Rescue Mission.  The Union Rescue Mission (URM) is one of the largest missions of its kind in America–bringing help and hope to homeless and desperately poor men, women, and children of downtown Los Angeles.  In L.A., there are up to 142,000 men, women and children who are homeless over the course of a year and up to 74,000 people are homeless each night in Los Angeles County. URM provides many services from Emergency Assistance to their Hope Gardens Family Center which has a long track record of success in stabilizing and returning broken families to society.

So if you are running this event for a cause or not you can be sure that when you finish there will be one waiting for you ready to take your shoes.  Join us in working to provide those in need with as many shoes possible.

Rescue Missions, San Diego

Blessed Partnership

No Comments 22 April 2009

From left to right (myself; Herb Johnson, President of San Diego Rescue Mission; Jenna Stauffer, Event Coordinator

From left to right (myself; Herb Johnson, President of San Diego Rescue Mission; Jenna Stauffer, Event Coordinator

Today I jumped in my car and set off to go meet up with the folks in charge of the San Diego Rescue Mission.  Give Your Sole is thrilled to be donating all the shoes collected at this years San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon to the mission.  Upon my arrival I found a parking spot right out front and fed the meter with what quarters I could find between my seats and under the mat…..hope it’s enough…gotta feeling it won’t be!

I was greeted by Jenna and Mark; both who were extremely kind.  I could tell right away they had found their calling as they made me feel at home.  I can only imagine they do the same for those that come in to escape the streets for a night.  Every night 60+ women and children come in for food and shelter and the staff at the SD Rescue Mission are ready for them. Once a hospital, the building is perfect for those that qualify for their year long program to have private rooms.

After an hour or more of taking the tour and visiting with Herb and the staff, I knew that Give Your Sole was blessed to be teaming up with them.   I also knew my quarters most likely had run out and the ticket on my car confirmed it…..$30 for an hour and a half to visit with some wonderful people who are no doubt making a difference in the world and their community…..worth every penny!

Inspiration, San Diego

Your shoe size is a perfect fit for someone…..

No Comments 27 March 2009


“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me…

Matthew 25:35-36

The Association of Gospel Rescue Missions is a wonderful organization that makes it their mission to proclaim the passion of Jesus toward the hungry, homeless, abused and addicted.  The AGRM has a chapter located in every major city nationwide including San Diego.  Give Your Sole is pleased to be teaming up with the San Diego Rescue Mission who will be distributing the shoes that will be collected at the San Diego Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon.  Every pair of shoes donated during the expo and on race day will go to those who are less fortunate within the San Diego Community.  Not everyone has a calling to work in a rescue mission but all of us have been given a heart to help those in need.  Your shoe size is the perfect fit for someone so gather as many pairs as you can and donate them at the race!

“The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

Matthew 25:40

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