I've started to organize the shoes and socks today. This means sorting them out and matching them up, sorting by sex, and marking each one with a card that says sex and size for easy distribution once in Jamaica. I'm also going through and setting aside a few of the pairs that have been worn more than others. With limited space, I try and take the best pairs first, and then when extra space allows I fill in the gaps with the more worn shoes.
With that said, here is a break down of some of the numbers.
Current shoes collected as of Thursday, July 4, 2013.
46 Women's and 23 Men's shoes.
28 Women's and 16 Men's socks.
There was $81 donated to the www.gofundme.com/solefulsuitcases account specifically mentioned for sock use. With that money I ordered 30 pairs of men's socks and 50 pairs of women's socks from Amazon. With tax, the amount spent was $81.75. Set arrival date is Tuesday, July 9.
Adding those socks on order to the current totals leave us short by 14 pairs of women's socks.
Also received at the GoFundMe page was $80 to cover the cost of children's books purchased at a local thrift store.
$75 was set aside for baggage fees.
$80 was donated for general use. I think that will end up going towards baggage fees as those will cost $330 and only $115 was donated, leaving that $215 short. If I use the $80 here, I'm only short $135 for baggage fees.
We are also in need of suitcases. We received a couple, but still need at least 3 large suitcases. If I don't get those donated in the next day or two, I will be heading to my local thrift store to see if they have anything large enough. Suitcases run $15-20. If you don't have a suitcase to donate, would you be willing to cover the cost to buy one?
Thanks to each of you for your support on this trip. My family and I are excited to head out in the next couple of weeks and share your shoes and your love to our world. We are proud and blessed to be able to be the givers of your gifts.
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 www.gofundme.com/solefulsuitcases
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Melissa Hart 119 N. Parker St. #143 Olathe, KS 66061