A good pair of shoes can be an invaluable asset to a homeless person. To help answer this need, the National Osteopathic Medical Association (NOMA) is partnering with the Orlando Union Rescue Mission to collect new sneakers in advance of the OMED 2015 health fair at the mission, planned for Oct. 16.
The campaign, Healing Heels, seeks to collect 1,000 new sneakers by Thursday, Oct. 1.
Although the mission will accept sneakers in all sizes for men, women and children, there is a particular need for men’s sizes 10-13.
“We want to collect new shoes because most homeless in that area don’t get anything new,” says Darrell Lynn Grace, DO, NOMA community outreach chair.
Dr. Grace says new shoes can be shipped directly to the Orlando Union Rescue Mission’s Administration Builidng at 1521 W. Washington St., Orlando, Florida, 32805. Monetary donations can also be made online through Healing Heels.
The NOMA health fair will be held on Friday, Oct. 16, at the Marcie H. Williams Family Life Center in Orlando. Activities tentatively planned include health screenings, foot exams and healthy eating presentations.