Our own Jon Rottink led a recent mission project in Marshalltown with his intermediate school students. Here's what they did:
The TOPS (Teen Outreach Program) at Lenihan has four clubs/classes that meet weekly. Part of the program is that each student will engage in 20 hours of CSL - Community Service Learning over the course of the year. These projects are the result of the students’ brainstorming and decisions. With the crisis in Ukraine we began researching opportunities to help. We discovered the organization Soles for Souls out of Nashville, Tennessee. They take new and gently used shoes and distribute them all over the United States and other countries. With recent events, they have focused on Ukrainian refugees.
We were able to put six drop off locations at the Iowa Veterans Home, one at First Presbyterian Church, and two at Lenihan school, for nine locations total. Over the course of two weeks, we collected roughly 400 pairs of shoes. These will be sent to Nashville where they will be processed and sent to those in need.
I would like to personally thank all who shared shoes and made donations. This has been a great learning opportunity for my students and will help many people. Thank you so much and look for future mission opportunities in the future.
Teen Outreach Program Facilitator
Here is a link to a video that also shows how donating shoes benefits the environment.