Daphne, AL (April 16, 2018) - Hundreds of people – primarily students and teachers – in Baldwin and Mobile Counties recently donated gently used shoes to Baldwin Bone & Joint’s 15th Annual Many More Miles Campaign, resulting in 2,383 pairs of shoes finding new life.
Baldwin Bone & Joint, P.C., the Port City Pacers, McCoy Outdoor Co., Dr. Glenn Glass, and the University of South Alabama Student Recreation Center partnered to collect shoes for the homeless outreach programs of Wings of Life, Discovery Ministries, and the Salvation Army Running Forward program. The campaign, now in its 15th year, got off to a running start in January and concluded at the Azalea Trail Run held on March 24th.
Mobile and Baldwin County students were challenged to collect shoes for homeless families in the area while earning money for their schools’ P.E. programs. Baldwin Bone & Joint awards cash prizes to the top three participating schools who donate the most shoes. Fairhope Intermediate won first place, collecting 600 pairs of shoes and received a $300 cash prize. Rockwell Elementary took second place ($200), and Mary B. Austin Elementary received third prize ($100).
Over the years, the 2,120 pairs of shoes (out of the total of 2,383 pairs) donated by local schools have provided the largest collective donation to this important campaign. The response from schools this year has shown significant growth. Other schools participating in this year’s campaign include: Spanish Fort Elementary (BC), Foley Intermediate School (BC), Stapleton Elementary (BC), W.J. Carroll (BC), Dixon Elementary (MC), and Leinkauf Elementary (MC).
Used running shoes may be donated year-round at McCoy Outdoor Co. on Springhill Avenue in Mobile.
Baldwin Bone & Joint recently awarded Fairhope Intermediate $300 for their school’s PE program for collecting the most shoes in the 2018 Many More Miles Campaign. Student representatives from each class spearheaded the campaign and collected 600 pairs of shoes to benefit the homeless ministries of Wings of Life, Discovery Ministries, and the Salvation Army Running Forward program. Pictured with the student representatives are Greg Shoemaker, Practice Administrator for Baldwin Bone & Joint, Coach Ryan Hymel, and teacher, Emily Steigerwald.