A soleful donation

A RECENT shoe drive for the homeless led by Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Clark Sue Hickey has received an overwhelming response, with people delivering footwear of all kinds to Bethlehem House.

Ms Hickey said the men who were being sheltered at Bethlehem House were lacking warm footwear for when they left the house.

“We decided to help by doing a boot or shoe drive and people dropped their shoes off to Bethlehem House or at our office – we both got overwhelmed,” she said.

“It was surprising the amount and quality of shoes we got.

“There were lots of sneakers and hiking boots, a few football boots, dress shoes, and some people kindly donated thick socks as well – all these things are really important.”

Ms Hickey said it was especially important to support homeless and vulnerable people during winter.

“A lot of people who haven’t been taking care of their health have feet problem, so to own good secure shoes that keep their feet warm and let no moisture in is a really significant thing that most of us take for granted.”

“I’m encouraging people to donate anything that is warm, so we would really love people to be looking for waterproof, warm jackets, warm shoes, beanies, scarves and socks that we could give to people,” she said.

“This is a time for people to have a good clean out of their things, and most of us have a couple of spare coats that we haven’t worn for years or don’t fit anymore – there’s always someone else waiting to treasure it.”

Ms Hickey said she was heartened by the response from the community.

“There’s a lady who donates care bags every couple of weeks, with lots of things that people need to freshen up and feel better about themselves,” she said.

“It’s this kind of kindness that we’ve seen come out of the COVID-19 pandemic and which we’re really trying to encourage.”

People can donate by phoning Ms Hickey’s office on 6212 2356 or drop shoes off at 331 Main Road, Glenorchy.

Caption: Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Clark Sue Hickey with donated shoes.

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