Share Your Soles - SYS


Share Your Soles is a non-profit organization that started in 1999. It all began when Mona Purdy, my mom, went to Guatemala and ran a local running race and noticed that there were young kids putting black stuff on the soles of their feet. She later found out that they were putting hot tar on the soles of their feet so they could run the local running race, just to bring home a small trophy. The images she saw wouldn't leave her mind, so she realized she had to do something. She came home and started collecting shoes from neighbors and friends. The shoes stacked up in the garage and eventually moved into my house. As time went on, more and more people came into our lives as well as the shoes piling in more then ever. We have gone through 4 warehouses, and they get larger every time. We now send shoes to over 28 locations. (Sri Lanka, Kenya, Haiti, Guatemala, Ecuador, Hondouras, Puerto Rico, South Daokta, Peru, Kentucky, ect.)


5623 West 115th Street
Alsip, IL 60803

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