Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00
This past April, Josh Levenstein, in preparation for his Bar Mitzvah at Temple Sinai, joined with Soles4Souls, the international shoe charity that recycles gently worn shoes. With an average of 700 million pairs of shoes thrown away by Americans each year, the effect on the nation’s landfills and atmosphere could be devastating. But by being redistributed through the charity’s international and domestic partners, these shoes get a second chance at life and give millions of children and adults much needed shoes.
Josh’s Soles4Souls shoe drive, which began on Mitzvah Day 2012, Sunday, April 29, and continued through the end of May, proved to be a tremendous success. Not only did Josh collect shoes to be distributed nationwide and internationally through Soles4Souls, but he also donated half of the collected shoes to The INN (The Interfaith Nutrition Network) to assist in their own efforts in helping people locally.
In total, due to the generosity of Roslyn residents and its surrounding areas, Josh collected and donated 1,165 pairs of shoes.
Josh would like to thank everyone who contributed to his cause and helped make his tzedakah project a success, including Temple Sinai, Temple Beth Sholom, The Park at East Hills, Sid Jacobson JCC and Camp Jacobson at Robin Hood.
Josh would also like everyone to know that just because his shoe drive has ended, there are still people even around Long Island who would benefit from an ongoing effort to provide organizations, such as Soles4Souls and The INN, with gently used shoes.
For more information, visit www.Soles4Souls.org and www.the-inn.org.