Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Shoe Delivery!

On July 16, 2013 we were able to share 65 pairs of shoes with the staff at our resort in Jamaica. I can't begin to tell you how fun this was. Trevor told 2 people, I told 2 people, and 30 minutes later all the shoes were gone. Folks from maintenance, laundry, house keeping, nanny/childcare services, bar & waiter staff, and baggage services all got shoes. It was so rewarding to see smiles and thanks from so many different people.

But what made it even better was the next day to see the improvement in footwear. And the small 'thanks' and smiles/winks we received. Trevor and I are so thankful and blessed to be able to share your shoes and your love to this little slice of the world.


65 pairs of shoes in our room, separated by sex.









                                                                           


 
 All of these people, and more, were so thankful for your shoes. So many smiles at one time!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Shoes and Socks Update & A Break Down of the Numbers

I've started to organize the shoes and socks today. This means sorting them out and matching them up, sorting by sex, and marking each one with a card that says sex and size for easy distribution once in Jamaica. I'm also going through and setting aside a few of the pairs that have been worn more than others. With limited space, I try and take the best pairs first, and then when extra space allows I fill in the gaps with the more worn shoes.

With that said, here is a break down of some of the numbers.

Current shoes collected as of Thursday, July 4, 2013.
46 Women's and 23 Men's shoes.
28 Women's and 16 Men's socks.

There was $81 donated to the www.gofundme.com/solefulsuitcases account specifically mentioned for sock use. With that money I ordered 30 pairs of men's socks and 50 pairs of women's socks from Amazon. With tax, the amount spent was $81.75. Set arrival date is Tuesday, July 9.

Adding those socks on order to the current totals leave us short by 14 pairs of women's socks.

Also received at the GoFundMe page was $80 to cover the cost of children's books purchased at a local thrift store.

$75 was set aside for baggage fees.

$80 was donated for general use. I think that will end up going towards baggage fees as those will cost $330 and only $115 was donated, leaving that $215 short. If I use the $80 here, I'm only short $135 for baggage fees.

We are also in need of suitcases. We received a couple, but still need at least 3 large suitcases. If I don't get those donated in the next day or two, I will be heading to my local thrift store to see if they have anything large enough. Suitcases run $15-20. If you don't have a suitcase to donate, would you be willing to cover the cost to buy one?

Thanks to each of you for your support on this trip. My family and I are excited to head out in the next couple of weeks and share your shoes and your love to our world. We are proud and blessed to be able to be the givers of your gifts.                                                                                                                                 





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

If you'd like to donate to Soleful Suitcases and our upcoming trip in July 2013, 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. Or donate to our GoFundMe site at www.gofundme.com/solefulsuitcases
www.facebook.com/solefulsuitcases   twitter @RunningWithHart
Melissa Hart  119 N. Parker St. #143 Olathe, KS 66061



Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Thank you Cheryl and KC Express!

Since Saturday, donations have really come 'running' in! Last night I was at the monthly meeting for KC Express and receive 16 pairs of shoes and 26 pairs of socks. Thank you to everyone who brought stuff.


A few days prior to that, Cheryl left 3 pairs of shoes and several school books on my porch.


Saturday brought socks from Tracey and shoes from Lori.
 









I feel so blessed to have friends who are willing to help out and make this donation trip a possibility. Thank you!

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Care to sponsor a bag?

Bag 4 - $35 SPONSORED By Diane Douglass
Bag 5 - $35
Bag 6 - $35
Bag 7 - $75 SPONSORED By Bill Hart!!
Bag 8 - $75
Bag 9 - $75


Total shoe count: 73 (30m, 43w)
For those keeping track, our current total sock need is as follows:
60 pairs of men's socks, 16 pairs received
86 pairs of women's socks, 28 pairs received

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

If you'd like to donate to Soleful Suitcases and our upcoming trip in July 2013, 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. Or donate to our GoFundMe site at www.gofundme.com/solefulsuitcases
www.facebook.com/solefulsuitcases   twitter @RunningWithHart
Melissa Hart  119 N. Parker St. #143 Olathe, KS 66061

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Thank you Gwen and Patti!

Yesterday at my long run group with KC Express, Gwen and Patti were kind enough to donate some items to take.
Gwen gave 3 pairs of shoes, 6 pairs of women's socks, and a rolling suitcase! Thank you Gwen!




Patti gave 3 pairs of shoes and 6 pairs of women's socks! Thank you Patti!




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Care to sponsor a bag?

Bag 4 - $35 SPONSORED By Diane Douglass
Bag 5 - $35
Bag 6 - $35
Bag 7 - $75 SPONSORED By Bill Hart!!
Bag 8 - $75
Bag 9 - $75


Total shoe count: 51 (21m, 30w)
For those keeping track, our current total sock need is as follows:
 
42 pairs of men's socks, 0 pairs received
60 pairs of women's socks, 12 pairs received
 
 

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

If you'd like to donate to Soleful Suitcases and our upcoming trip in July 2013, 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. Or donate to our GoFundMe site at www.gofundme.com/solefulsuitcases
www.facebook.com/solefulsuitcases   twitter @RunningWithHart
Melissa Hart  119 N. Parker St. #143 Olathe, KS 66061

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Thank you Kelly, Katrina, Gabrielle, and Diane!

I've been out of town for the past week visiting my family, so I have a few Thank Yous to catch up on.

Thank you Kelly Pfannenstiel for the 3 pairs of women's shoes. On our last trip the Pfannenstiel family donated 10+ pairs of shoes, and we're so thankful they run enough to donate more. Thank you!



Thank you Katrina Jones for the 2 pairs of women's shoes. I met Katrina through KC Express. She and her husband Gary are always fun to run with. Thank you!

 
Thank you Gabrielle Hernandez for the $65 donation for socks. I'll be sock shopping this week, so thank you for filling that need!

Thank you Diane Douglass for the $40 donation for baggage fees. This will sponsor a suitcase filled with love and shoes. Thank you so much!


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Care to sponsor a bag?

Bag 4 - $35 SPONSORED By Diane Douglass
Bag 5 - $35
Bag 6 - $35
Bag 7 - $75 SPONSORED By Bill Hart!!
Bag 8 - $75
Bag 9 - $75


Total shoe count: 45 (21m, 24w)
For those keeping track, our current total sock need is as follows:
 
42 pairs of men's socks
48 pairs of women's socks
 
 

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

If you'd like to donate to Soleful Suitcases and our upcoming trip in July 2013, 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. Or donate to our GoFundMe site at www.gofundme.com/solefulsuitcases
www.facebook.com/solefulsuitcases   twitter @RunningWithHart
Melissa Hart  119 N. Parker St. #143 Olathe, KS 66061

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Thank You Jenny! We've Reached 40 Pairs!

Thank you Jenny Berry for your donation of 7! SEVEN! pairs of shoes! This brings the total collected to 40 pairs! Yahoo!!!




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Care to sponsor a bag?

Bag 4 - $35
Bag 5 - $35
Bag 6 - $35
Bag 7 - $75 SPONSORED By Bill Hart!!
Bag 8 - $75
Bag 9 - $75


Total shoe count: 40 (21m, 19w)
For those keeping track, our current total sock need is as follows:
 
42 pairs of men's socks
38 pair's of women's socks
 
 

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

If you'd like to donate to Soleful Suitcases and our upcoming trip in July 2013, 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. Or donate to our GoFundMe site at www.gofundme.com/solefulsuitcases
www.facebook.com/solefulsuitcases   twitter @RunningWithHart
Melissa Hart  119 N. Parker St. #143 Olathe, KS 66061

Friday, June 7, 2013

Thank You Emily!

Thank you Emily for the pair of shoes!

Emily is a member of my MOMS Club, and I'm thankful that she donated a pair of shoes. Yahoo!




Total shoe count: 33 (19m, 14w)
For those keeping track, our current total sock need is as follows:

 
 
38 pairs of men's socks
28 pair's of women's socks
 
 

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

If you'd like to donate to Soleful Suitcases and our upcoming trip in July 2013, 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. Or donate to our GoFundMe site at www.gofundme.com/solefulsuitcases
www.facebook.com/solefulsuitcases   twitter @RunningWithHart
Melissa Hart  119 N. Parker St. #143 Olathe, KS 66061