Broadalbin-Perth boys soccer collecting shoes for children

BROADALBIN – On the last day of the 2012-13 school year, high school biology teacher Brian Henry walked to the other side of the building to visit children at The Learning Community at Broadalbin-Perth during their final “T.E.A.M. Time” of the year.

He walked back to the high school minutes later, pushing a cart filled with 89 pairs of shoes that the children had donated to help kids their age in Africa.

Henry added the shoes to a growing pile of approximately 600 pairs of shoes that he and his boys soccer program have collected this year.

The team’s goal is to collect 1,000 pairs of shoes for the organization Sole Mates, which will distribute the shoes to needy children in Africa and other locations in the world.

Many of the shoes have notes inside them from the giver to the recipient.

Through these notes, donors can make a connection with the children who receive their shoes, and many donors and recipients end up establishing pen-pal relationships.

Henry says that his team will continue collecting shoe donations throughout the summer. Community members interested in helping the team reach the goal of 1,000 pairs of shoes may drop off their donations at the high school office, 100 Bridge St., Broadalbin.