While most are preparing for the holiday season, The Palmetto Trail is assisting those in need by collecting new shoes for The Oliver Gospel Mission.

"Shoes can help the less fortunate walk out of poverty and hunger," said Mary Roe, Executive Director of The Palmetto Trail, on why the organization is hosting their Second Annual December Shoe Drive for the mission. "As an organization who provides walking/hiking/biking trails, we know the importance of keeping feet warm, dry, and protected for all overall health. So, we asked, how can we be so fortunate to give back to others."

Oliver Gospel Mission has been assisting those in need throughout the Midlands for over 130 years. They meet the emergency needs of the less fortunate and working poor by providing temporary to long-term housing, a weekly meal, and now with the collection efforts of The Palmetto Trail, they can offer shoes and socks.

"In the cold months, a quality pair of shoes that protect is vital to our guest's quality of health," said Christian Markel, Director of Development of Oliver Gospel Mission. "During the first collection, we received over 175 pairs of shoes." He added that closed-toe boots, durable utilitarian shoes, and shower shoes are best to give to their working poor and homeless guests.

With colder weather already on our doorsteps, shoes and socks for men, women, and children are the most requested items by individuals in Columbia experiencing homelessness.

"We are so grateful to partner with the Palmetto Trail in guiding those in desperate need this season toward transformation. These acts of kindness can be the 'first step' to a new way of life, a new hope, and a promising future," said Travis McNeal, Executive Director, Oliver Gospel Mission.

Newly purchased shoes can be dropped off at Palmetto Trail's Columbia office located at 722 King Street, Columbia, SC 29205. Visit palmettoconservation.org to learn more about the organization. 

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Karamie Hallman

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