Monday, November 10, 2014

Packing - Day 1

I've been a bit laxed about posting on the blog, but have no fear, it doesn't mean the trip planning has slacked. I have been collecting from generous people all over, willing to give their shoes, new socks, school supplies, suitcases, clothing, and well wishes. It has been an outpouring of love, and I am so thankful.

Tonight Trevor and I started to pack the suitcases that will make the one way journey soon to Jamaica. Four large suitcases are packed to the gills, bursting at the zippers with 88 pairs of shoes! 88! Talk about a win! And enough socks for all to receive 2 brand new pairs. This is beyond exciting. Our last trip was 65 pairs of shoes, which we thought was a great amount. 88 pairs of shoes just such a blessing.

The shoes all paired up

 Packing the suitcases. 25 pairs of shoes fit in this one.





Tomorrow we will work on packing the suitcases that will hold school supplies. We will get at least 3 suitcases packed with those as I know we have enough checked baggage space for those.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Jazzercise Thank Yous!

So about a month ago I put out a post on facebook tagging my friends from Jazzercise in Olathe West and Lenexa (both in Kansas). I asked them to clean out their closets of old athletic shoes, and use it as an excuse to go get new shoes. And needless to say, both centers have delivered. I've posted thank yous from different ladies over at Lenexa. But wow, did Olathe West show up to the party!

This is what 47 pairs of athletic shoes look like. They fill 3 huge trash bags, and take up my entire back area in the minivan. And they are amazing!



Share your shoes, share your love, share your world. 


Total shoe count: 93 (5m, 88w)
For those keeping track, our current total sock need is as follows:
10 pairs of men's socks, 0 pairs received
176 pairs of women's socks, 6 pairs received


If you'd like to donate to Soleful Suitcases and our upcoming trip in November 2014, there are several ways to help. You can donate your in-good-shape, still life left, adult athletic shoes. You can donate brand new adult socks. School supplies are always welcome. Shop on Amazon via the link on the right hand size so we get credit to help pay for baggage fees.
Visit our GoFundMe page - 
http://www.gofundme.com/afj10shttp://www.gofundme.com/afj10s
Visit our SignUpGenius page www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0A4DA9A622A64-soleful 
www.facebook.com/solefulsuitcases  twitter @RunningWithHart
Melissa Hart  119 N. Parker St. #143 Olathe, KS 66061

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Pile of Thank Yous!

I love writing these posts. You know, the ones where I get to thank oddles of people for their generous selves and thoughtful giving. They are some of the best kinds of posts to write.


Thank you Carla for the 3 pairs of ladies shoes. Carla and I Jazzercise together. We have a good time, although I'm still trying to get her to really get down and crazy with the music.


Thank you Haley. She and I are in MOMS Club together. On each of our trips Haley has given supplies or shoes.

Thank you Lindi for these shoes!

Thank you Lisa for the hair bows and head bands. Lisa owns her own business called LiliBug Boutique. She creates amazing hair bows and head bands, barrettes and bow ties, and so much more. Be sure to check her out! I'm going to hand these out at school, and that will be so much fun!

Thank you Lissa and Chris McGivern. We now have 2 pairs of men's shoes!!

Thank you Monika and Lindi. Both of them are friends from MOMS. There are 3 pairs of men's and 3 pairs of lady shoes there.



Share your shoes, share your love, share your world. 


Total shoe count: 36 (5m, 31w)
For those keeping track, our current total sock need is as follows:
10 pairs of men's socks, 0 pairs received
62 pairs of women's socks, 6 pairs received


If you'd like to donate to Soleful Suitcases and our upcoming trip in November 2014, there are several ways to help. You can donate your in-good-shape, still life left, adult athletic shoes. You can donate brand new adult socks. School supplies are always welcome. Shop on Amazon via the link on the right hand size so we get credit to help pay for baggage fees.
Visit our GoFundMe page - 
http://www.gofundme.com/afj10shttp://www.gofundme.com/afj10s
Visit our SignUpGenius page www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0A4DA9A622A64-soleful 
www.facebook.com/solefulsuitcases  twitter @RunningWithHart
Melissa Hart  119 N. Parker St. #143 Olathe, KS 66061

Monday, September 8, 2014

Lots Of Shoes To Be Thankful For!

Yahoo! Today is a great day. I received several pairs of shoes in the past couple days, and am excited to share all of them with you.


Juli Belk and I have Jazzercised at the Lenexa Jazzercise Center for the past year. I'm thankful Juli gave three pairs of ladie's shoes. Thanks Juli!
 Amy Medina and I have run together in the KC Express group for the past 2.5 years. Thanks Amy for the ladie's shoes, and bag of other goodies.


Mary Patterson and I have Jazzercised at the Lenexa Center for a year. Her kids and mine often play in the kids room while we get our dance on! Thanks Mary for these shoes!
 Debbie Metzler and I Jazzercise in Lenexa together. Thanks again Debbie for the shoes!


Maria Turvey and I are in MOMS Club together, our kids go to the same school, and I'm always trying to get her to run a half marathon with me. Thanks Maria for the shoes!


Share your shoes, share your love, share your world. 


Total shoe count: 12 (0m, 24w)
For those keeping track, our current total sock need is as follows:
0 pairs of men's socks, 0 pairs received
48 pairs of women's socks, 0 pairs received


If you'd like to donate to Soleful Suitcases and our upcoming trip in November 2014, there are several ways to help. You can donate your in-good-shape, still life left, adult athletic shoes. You can donate brand new adult socks. School supplies are always welcome. Shop on Amazon via the link on the right hand size so we get credit to help pay for baggage fees.
Visit our GoFundMe page - 
http://www.gofundme.com/afj10shttp://www.gofundme.com/afj10s
Visit our SignUpGenius page www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0A4DA9A622A64-soleful 
www.facebook.com/solefulsuitcases  twitter @RunningWithHart
Melissa Hart  119 N. Parker St. #143 Olathe, KS 66061

Friday, September 5, 2014

More Thanks and a Shopping Trip!

Thanks Lisa Coonts for the school supplies! Lisa is a Norwex Sales Consultant with me and was happy to give supplies for the school. The paint will be exciting!



The boys and I were at Target a couple days ago, and saw that school supplies were going on clearance already. Markers were $0.38 per package. Wow - that is a crazy cheap price. I just couldn't pass them up. So, I put out a call on Facebook. Who could kick in $5 to buy markers? And when the store ran out, I would move onto crayons, pencils, and more.


Here we are, on the way to Target, to get supplies.


Filling up the shopping cart. Jax and I made 6 piles of 4 items each. Why such an odd combo? Target has a coupon program that had school supplies at 10% off. You can use that program up to 6 times per day, and get 4 of the same item per scan. We were working the system to get the most discounts possible!


In the end $90 was pledged from friends on Facebook. We went a little over, and here is what $109.18 looks like. 100 blue pens. 140 black pens. 230 markers. 576 pencils. 576 crayons. 668 colored pencils. 24 pencil sharpeners. This will be combined with the supplies already on hand, and hopefully more supplies coming, and will be given to Brown's Town Infant School to assist with the school's needs. Thank you to Amy M, Tere G, Chris D, Emily B, Tanya K, Lisa N, Stephanie B, Patti F, Alicia H, Deidre E, Rachel S, Dana A, and Sue H. Your love went a long way!




Share your shoes, share your love, share your world. 


Total shoe count: 12 (0m, 12w)
For those keeping track, our current total sock need is as follows:
0 pairs of men's socks, 0 pairs received
24 pairs of women's socks, 0 pairs received


If you'd like to donate to Soleful Suitcases and our upcoming trip in November 2014, there are several ways to help. You can donate your in-good-shape, still life left, adult athletic shoes. You can donate brand new adult socks. School supplies are always welcome. Shop on Amazon via the link on the right hand size so we get credit to help pay for baggage fees.
Visit our GoFundMe page - 
http://www.gofundme.com/afj10shttp://www.gofundme.com/afj10s
Visit our SignUpGenius page www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0A4DA9A622A64-soleful 
www.facebook.com/solefulsuitcases  twitter @RunningWithHart
Melissa Hart  119 N. Parker St. #143 Olathe, KS 66061

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Some Thank Yous!

Things are starting to pick up a bit around here. Donations are starting to trickle in, and that is great news! I'd like to share some thank yous.


Thank you Brandie Campbell for the running shoes and tech shirts. Brandie and I run together with the KC Express women's running group here in Kansas City.


Thank you Lindi Kelley for the box of crayons! Lindi and I are in MOMS Club together.


Thank you Melissa Stringer for more shoes! Melissa and I also run in the KC Express together. She is knows as the Quiet one...I am not.


Thank you Monika Ogilvie for the school supplies. We are in MOMS Club together and our kids have been known to roam the aisles at Target a time or two as well.


Thank you Sonya Hooper and Melissa Stringer for the suitcases. Sonya got my name from Monika and was happy to pass along her suitcase. I'm grateful to have it and put it to good use!

Thank you Sonya Hooper for the three pairs of shoes! They are great.


These are some supplies I picked up today. This kind of classroom decoration would be very welcomed at Brown's Town Infant School. They need bright and fun things to decorate the rooms and get the children excited about school.


Share your shoes, share your love, share your world. 


Total shoe count: 12 (0m, 12w)
For those keeping track, our current total sock need is as follows:
0 pairs of men's socks, 0 pairs received
24 pairs of women's socks, 0 pairs received


If you'd like to donate to Soleful Suitcases and our upcoming trip in November 2014, there are several ways to help. You can donate your in-good-shape, still life left, adult athletic shoes. You can donate brand new adult socks. School supplies are always welcome. Shop on Amazon via the link on the right hand size so we get credit to help pay for baggage fees.
Visit our GoFundMe page - 
http://www.gofundme.com/afj10shttp://www.gofundme.com/afj10s
Visit our SignUpGenius page www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0A4DA9A622A64-soleful 
www.facebook.com/solefulsuitcases  twitter @RunningWithHart
Melissa Hart  119 N. Parker St. #143 Olathe, KS 66061

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Just some updates

Things have been a little quiet here. I've been updating the facebook page on a regular basis (www.facebook.com/SolefulSuitcases) but the blog has lacked in love. Sorry. School started up again, life has gotten in the way, blah, blah, blah. Either way, the show must go on, so no worries there.

To bring you all up to date, there is a total of nine pairs of lady shoes sitting in my basement. (Thanks Brandie C. and Melissa S. for their donations.) That means I need 18 pairs of lady socks for those.

I also purchased some supplies when I was doing my own back to school shopping, so we've got a start. We still need way more! Like way, way more, but if Rome wasn't built in a day, the suitcases won't get filled that fast either.

If you feel so inclined, I'd love if you would share Soleful Suitcases on your facebook or twitter feed. The more people that know about this little project of ours, the more love we can share. I truely believe that people want to help, and just need to know who needs the help. So here I am, raising my hand. Help me! Help me bring a little relief, some comfort, and a lot of smiles to the people of Jamaica.


Share your shoes, share your love, share your world. 

Care to sponsor a bag?

Bag 1 - $50
Bag 2 - $50
Bag 3 - $50
Bag 4 - $50
Bag 5 - $50
Bag 6 - $50
Total shoe count: 9 (0m, 9w)
For those keeping track, our current total sock need is as follows:
0 pairs of men's socks, 0 pairs received
18 pairs of women's socks, 0 pairs received


If you'd like to donate to Soleful Suitcases and our upcoming trip in November 2014, there are several ways to help. You can donate your in-good-shape, still life left, adult athletic shoes. You can donate brand new adult socks. School supplies are always welcome. Shop on Amazon via the link on the right hand size so we get credit to help pay for baggage fees.
Visit our GoFundMe page - 
http://www.gofundme.com/afj10shttp://www.gofundme.com/afj10s
Visit our SignUpGenius page www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0A4DA9A622A64-soleful 
www.facebook.com/solefulsuitcases  twitter @RunningWithHart
Melissa Hart  119 N. Parker St. #143 Olathe, KS 66061