Lakeshore PBS, Public Radio hold Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Shoe Drive

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on June 20, 2018 with No Comments

Lakeshore PBS and Lakeshore Public Radio have launched a shoe drive to celebrate the 50thanniversary of the beloved television series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.The goal is to collect 100 pairs of shoes in order to help those less fortunate around the world. The shoe drive commemorates the beginning of each episode when Fred Rogers would change out of his loafers and put on a pair of sneakers.

An individual’s unwanted shoes can provide a meaningful opportunity for those in developing countries. The donated shoes will be delivered to Soles4Souls, a non-profit organization that repurposes donated shoes and clothing for disaster relief and direct assistance programs.

Producers of the series, The Fred Rogers Company, and Soles4Souls have partnered and asked PBS stations nationwide to join their anniversary efforts.

Lakeshore employees are excited to host as well as participate in the shoe drive.

“Since it’s something we often take for granted, it’s amazing to see the profound impact that the simple action of donating a pair of shoes can have,” said Carl Kurek, membership manager at the station. “PBS strives to help prepare kids for school, so what better way to prepare them than by providing them with the basic necessity of shoes.”

New and gently used shoes can be dropped off at Lakeshore PBS, located at 8625 Indiana Place in Merrillville, through November.

Over 30 million pairs of shoes have been distributed across 127 countries since its founding in 2006.

“This incredible support from the Fred Rogers Company and PBS stations nationwide is going to help us impact a lot of lives,” said Buddy Teaster, president and CEO of Soles4Souls. “Just one pair of used shoes sold by an entrepreneur in Haiti can provide five meals for a family, and 20 pairs can generate enough funds to send a child to school for an entire year in Honduras.”

Lakeshore PBS and Lakeshore Public Radio strive to be the recognized media resources for citizens of all ages to experience lifelong learning, celebrate human diversity, and engage in civic concerns – all to enrich the lives in communities we serve. For more information or to view the station’s program schedule, visit www.LakeshorePBS.org.


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