By Mark Abrams
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Volunteers from New York, Philadelphia, and the suburbs delivered something for the “soles” of the homeless on Thursday.READ MORE: 2 Off-Duty Philadelphia Police Officers Robbed At Gunpoint In Oxford Circle
Led by New York-based “It’s from the Sole,” founder Andre McDonnell partnered with Whimsicle Popsicle’s Salim Weldon to collect and distribute sneakers for the homeless.
Weldon says donations produced quite a bonanza.
“We’re passing out 5,000 pairs of sneakers to the less fortunate and the homeless. Brand-new sneakers and gently used sneakers,” Weldon said.
McDonnell says his organization decided to bring the effort to Philadelphia after speaking with Weldon.READ MORE: Delaware Division Of Public Health Announces Vaccine Providers Can Start Administering COVID-19 Booster Shots
“We figured since we love fashion, let’s give fashion to the less fortunate people of Philadelphia,” McDonnell said.
Students from Pine Forge Academy in Berks County traveled to Love Park in Center City to help sort the sneakers by size and put them up on tables for pick-up by the homeless.
Amurri Lauren of the WKND Academy helped spread the word about the sneaker giveaway among the homeless shelters and by way of social media.
She says it’s satisfying to see what a new pair of sneaks does for someone in need.
“Very encouraging, very encouraging to walk a new path in life,” Lauren said.MORE NEWS: Resource Center Opens In Bucks County For Residents, Businesses Affected By Ida