Someone dumped thousands of shoes all over the southbound lanes of Palmetto Expressway. There were a wide variety of shoe types: slippers, sandals, and work boots. The piles of shoes on the highway disrupted traffic for hours. Did a trucker have to dump his load of shoes for some reason or is this unusual incident some sort of protest against President Bush? After all, recently President Bush had to dodge shoes thrown at his head by an Iraqi journalist. It does not seem far fetched that someone could be making a point with these shoes dumped in Florida. And after all it was Florida that handed the bogus win to President Bush.
The state had to hire a private contracted to clear the shoes from the road. The shoes will be picked up from the field where they were moved to by Soles4Souls, a nonprofit group in Nashville, TN, which distributes shoes to the needy. The founder of the group, Wayne Elsey, said “We throw nothing away. Right now they’ll probably go to Haiti.” Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Pat Santangelo said “No witnesses have come forward, but whoever is responsible would be charged for the cleanup.”
For more information about how to donate shoes or funding to Soles4Souls go to: www.Soles4Souls. The website offers a spot to put in your zip code and find local stores that accept shoe donations for this nonprofit. Also, you may ship shoes to 3 different warehouses. One place to ship the shoes to Soles4Souls is: Tennesssee Soles4Souls., 619 Old Hickory Blvd., Old Hickory, TN 37178.
If you live in NJ you may donate shoes at Carella’s Art and Sole Footwear, 424 Main St., Avon by the Sea, NJ, Telephone: 732- 361-8250.
Donate Flip Flops to Africa
You may also purchase flip flops in the David Parrish Flip Flop program created by Soles4Souls. When you buy one pair of flip flops two pairs are donated to Africa. Go to: www.Soles4Souls.com for more information.
It will be very interesting to see if any more piles of shoes are left elsewhere in the nation. Was this just a random incident or a protest that may be ongoing? Only time will tell.
I will find it amusing if the dumping of thousands of shoes is a protest to President Bush. They could have found a safer place to do it than on a highway though. My sympathies are with the Iraqi journalist. Ok, perhaps he should not have thrown the shoes at a president, but the statements of protests he made were quite valid.
Oh well, for me by reading about this incident of shoes dumped in Florida I found a new way to do a good deed. Today I will go through my shoes and donate those I rarely wear to Soles4Souls.