It's a program that has grown year after year after year. The Shoes for the Shoeless program has helped thousands of people in our community.
"With the weather being the way it is right now people are not thinking about snow. I mean right now we are just basking in this sunshine that we have, it's supposed to be 83 today. They are not thinking about the snow that's around the corner. They say now that the first snowfall is going to be coming in November. We're just not thinking about it. We're just doing the now thing," Richard Smith said.
"The people in South Dakota are very giving and the surrounding state, just this part of the country in general. If you ask them to give, they will. They are always willing to help people in need. They call us all year long wanting to give shoes to us. And we can't accept them always September and October where we have this big ban here. Otherwise the store would be closed," Reid Matteson said.
"Yeah that makes me sad, to know that somebody doesn't have at least a pair of shoes or a coat or something to wear just to get them through the day. I'm really excited. The shoes get put to good use and I have four girls and they share amongst themselves so why not have them share with others," Leora Hass said.
"We started out kind of slow this year, but normally by the end of October we kind of fulfilled our mission. We're quite happy we started this eight years ago. It has been very beneficial to a lot of people. And we are going to continue doing it so please help if you can. Doesn't cost you any money. Clean those closets out and bring those shoes in you thought you were going to wear but probably never will. They help people all over the state and surrounding states anywhere in this area. And there is a big need for the shoes. We collected 15,000 pairs of shoes last year and they are all gone. And we do it every year and we are going to continue as long as I am alive. So bring them on in. We sure appreciate the help," Reid Matteson said.
If you want to help, you can drop off shoes at the Family Orthopedic and Shoe Repair on South Van Eps Avenue in Sioux Falls.
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