Cornhusker Bank leads shoe collection effort for People’s City Mission

Over the years more than 200,000 pairs of shoes have been donated through One Day Without Shoes events.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – It’s been the work of many years (this is the 12th) to get more than 200,000 pairs of shoes donated to the People’s City Mission. But no matter how much time passes, people get excited every year.

Cornhusker Bank started One Day Without Shoes all those years ago with only a few collection sites. Now they’re at nearly 100 locations where you can drop off your gently used shoes, all of them going to a place where they’re very much in need.

“Around 20,000 get donated every year”, says Cornhusker Bank Vice President of Marketing Carissa Bullock. “You would think that would last quite a while, but actually, within about a month they’re all given away.”

That begins to make sense when you think about just how important shoes are. After all, when was the last time you spent a whole day barefoot?

“Shoes are a very critical thing for most of us”, says Pastor Tom from the People’s City Mission. “For a lot of folks, it’s a luxury item. Many of our guests and people that are struggling with poverty, they don’t even have cars; they have to walk around a lot, so shoes become really important.”

It’s a good thing, then, that the donations numbers are on the upswing after COVID.

“Over 30,000 a couple years ago, and I think this year we should go over 20,000. I think it’s coming back.” Pastor Tom adds, “Maybe even 25,000 is the hope.”

That’s a lot of shoes, year after year. You have to wonder how they can keep up that pace.

“[It] says a lot about the Lincoln community”, says Pastor Tom. “We’re a very generous community and people here do care about those in need, and it shows up all the time.”

Maybe people have a specific reason. For Bullock, it’s the kids.

“Just seeing those little faces light up with excitement to come in, that’s what keeps me going every year and pushing forward with continuing to collect shoes for them”, she says.

No matter what the reason, you can’t deny the results. People just keep coming back.

Although donations are already being taken, things truly kick off with the One Day Without Shoes Walk For Awareness. That’s on Wednesday, starting with a press conference at 11:15 and the walk immediately after. It leads from the Cornhusker Bank location at 8310 O Street and stretches all the way to the People’s City Mission Help Center at 68th and P Streets.

For more information on how you can make a difference, check out the One Day Without Shoes website.

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