Cascades women’s hoopsters collecting shoes for those in need

Katherine Holden, Jessica Cameron, Amanda Thompson, Taylor Claggett and Amelia Worrell of the Cascades hold up some of the shoes they've collected for Soles4Souls.

Katherine Holden, Jessica Cameron, Amanda Thompson, Taylor Claggett and Amelia Worrell of the Cascades hold up some of the shoes they’ve collected for Soles4Souls.

The University of the Fraser Valley women’s basketball team is in the midst of a shoe drive, collecting gently used footwear for donation to those in need. They’re collecting on behalf of Soles4Souls, a non-profit organization which has distributed 26 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries since 2006.

The team has set up a collection bin in the lobby of the Envision Athletic Centre which is available for drop-off during facility hours, and they will also be accepting shoe donations during upcoming games. The Cascades are aiming to amass 1,000 pairs of shoes, and they’re already at 600.

“Last year we did a fundraiser for people in third-world countries who don’t have water, and we noticed how far they have to walk to get water,” Cascades sophomore forward Taylor Claggett said. “By collecting shoes, we’ll be able to help those same people in a different way. The shoes can also be distributed in our own community as well, to help those in need.”

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