Columbia, SC (WLTX) It was a collection drive with a lot of sole. 5,000 soles to be more specific all put together by an organization that has made it's name on keeping the Columbia area spic and span.
Keep the Midlands Beautiful, a non-profit that has made it's name on keeping the outdoors clean, took it indoors and asked people to donate those old shoes cluttering up their closets.
Organizers collected almost 5,000 shoes that will be recycled into new shoes for people in need in less fortunate countries.
"They re-purpose the shoes, they recycle the shoes, if you will, and then they distribute to them, the shoes then go to families," said executive director Jacqueline Buck
Each year over 630 million shoes end up in landfills doing more than taking up space.
"A lot of shoes are made with toxic materials, so when they get to the landfills they are leaching into our soils and water streams, so it's a great thing, it's an easy thing to take out of the landfills," said Buck.
Not only are people getting new shoes, but this non-profit is able to keep the midlands beautiful.
Jacqueline Buck: "It's great for education for our students for our youth groups to know that this is something that we can reuse we can send to others lightly used shoes can be repurposed" >
The donated shoes will be sent to an agency in Atlanta and then redistributed world wide to places like HaIti, Nigeria, and the Phillipines.