Thursday, April 18, 2013

Busy Couple of Days

It has been a busy couple of days for me with Soleful Suitcases. With the events at Boston just a couple days ago, there has been a lot of new friends visiting this little blog. I'm excited to know that so many more people are learning about this little project, and how much it impacts those on the receiving end in such a big way.

Dimity McDowell from the book Run Like A Mother made a post on her blog Another Mother Runner, "10 Ways to Support Boston". Under number 4 is 

"Commit 26.2 acts of kindness in the running community - or world... 
donate your old kicks to a charity like Soleful Suitcases..."

Um, wow. Did Dimity McDowell just write about Soleful Suitcases? I'm kind of speechless.  And pumped. The more people know about this, the more good we can all do.

And just a little blip for all you friends new to Soleful Suitcases - the basics are this. My family and I collect gently used, adult athletic shoes, brand new adult socks, and school supplies. We load them up in suitcases and put them on a plane and head to Jamaica.  Once there, we hand out the shoes and socks to the workers in our hotel, who are ever so thankful for them. We have also adopted Servite Primary School in Brown's Town, a village close by, and we bring them school supplies to support the 700+ children that attend their school. We do this out of the kindness of our hearts and yours. We are not a mission trip, with a church, or a 501c3 (didn't want to pay the fees when we could buy supplies instead.) We are just one family teaching our kids how to be kind and loving citizens of the world, and that it is always better to give back when possible. This is our way to give back, and we are so thankful you are helping us.

Share your shoes, share your love, share your world. 

If you'd like to donate to Soleful Suitcases and our upcoming trip in July 2013, there are several ways to help. You can donate your in-good-shape, still life left, adult athletic shoes. You can donate brand new adult socks. School supplies are always welcome. Shop on Amazon via the link on the right hand size so we get credit to help pay for baggage fees. Or donate to our GoFundMe site at   twitter @RunningWithHart
Melissa Hart  119 N. Parker St. #143 Olathe, KS 66061

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