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well these two match but as for these four I haven't got anything yet what are you making it over there Missy something from your closet it seems yeah that's never gonna fit me are you kidding case you're wondering what's going on we're down here at shu bank canada their warehouse in Kelowna where volunteers spend a lot of time sorting out donated shoes to give out to those in need and on today's show we're gonna find out more about the big shoe drive that's kicking off starting in April now we're talking to Jim Belshaw from shoe bank canada another big year under your belt number seven number seven starting april first to April thirtieth this is your big shoe drive locally it is our biggest one yet in seven this will be our seventh we have over 300 boxes up there Wow so it doesn't wouldn't take any effort to find a box to drop off your shoes that's for sure and these are it's really important I mean you know most of us take having a few pairs of shoes for granted but that's not the case for everybody in our society no it's amazing you know in this day and age is truly amazing that that that the need is so great so yes please open up your closets clean out your closets and bring them down and and this time of year for this drive year particularly looking for for a few things right like you're asking for for summer shoes for one thing because a lot of people just have their winter boots right now yeah it's a seasonal thing for sure we this time of year we're always looking for more running shoes sandals but we still need the dress shoes we still need those work boots people are getting jobs and they can't start the jobs without those work boots so but the big ones of course is the running shoes and the sandals this time of year and in particular with this this this new program that we started big shoes little feet and we're into a number of schools now so we're looking for lots of kids lots of children and youth size running shoes as well did you have any idea when you started seven years ago how big this was going to be and how much this would grow yes yeah I did I envisioned after the first one I envision it being coast to coast and it's moving very quickly I a bit of time off this last year so we didn't expand too much but this year is our growing year and and getting organized and growing and and you'll see a shoe banks popping up from from one coast to another great work and yeah everybody out there if you've got some spare shoes and you probably do you'll find a shoe box and drop them off perfect 300 shoe boxes drop off locations throughout the province and alberta shoe bank canada calm for all the locations thank you Doug so here i'm joined with andrew career the community catalyst with urban matters but you're also on the board with big brothers and sisters and that kind of what brings us here today so tell us a little bit more about your involvement with the shoe drive so we we're here today to launch a new program called big shoes little feet and it's a it's a pilot that we're working on with the shoe bank and basically what we're doing is providing shoes to kids in schools that need shoes and can't afford them it's pretty incredible how much need there is here in the Okanagan and here in Canada broadly the shoe bank has shoes being delivered to over 30 communities in Canada all over Western Canada and now Ottawa as well and it's I think it's really important to do not forget about those local needs as well you are mentioning some numbers earlier there's now over 5,000 people involved with this program yeah so big brothers and sisters runs social and emotional learning programs for children over the last five years we've increased the number of children served from under 502 over 3,000 so big growth and these programs are are dealing with confidence conflict resolution there's some there's some really big challenges for kids these days and this this collaboration with the shoe bank just adds another layer of support for children and families who are struggling to make ends meet and struggling with the day-to-day you know challenges of life but now we're talking to Gwen shahbaz been a volunteer here for a long time you're gonna teach us how to sort shoes right I will certainly try got a big bag full here we have now the the biggest problem is getting into the back in the bag I've only got one hand here there we go oh look at all this just dump them all out dump them oh right away I spot there's a big hole in this one well that means it goes in the garbage unfortunately we can't use their no holes in the salt no holes in the soil thanks drop down on them pain oh these look good look at that pair of work boots yes and these could probably go to the shoe store some fancy gold bronzy sandals for summer maybe sometimes they come already tied together that would make life easier for you wouldn't it that would be really helpful if you're dropping off shoes maybe two yeah an elastic around them and then and it would be nice that if they were all matched in the bag because we end up with many many single shoes oh so you get some in them sometimes we can never ever match them never find the other parents like at my house with socks oh yeah what does it feel like for you to be down here I just want to do this I well I enjoyed volunteering and it's it's very uh it's very rewarding you know you're helping people and gives me something to do when I'm retired well there you go did you want to do play some soccer isn't it so yeah football yes yes yes we put those in a special box with us so it's not just your day to day shoes sport shoes dance shoes even dance shoes yes all tense all right that goes along pretty quickly there we got through most of those yes we go through a lot each each Tuesday as many hands that are working here so well thank you very much for showing us the ropes and thank you for everything that you do for the community it's been a pleasure thank you awesome just left him bring it in vinegar yeah yeah yeah well good work nice work we thought that we should go through our closets and drop some stuff off I'm a firm believer that you must purge before you at repurchase and you know just a handful of shoes actually that's it oh look just one more pair kick there's Lucy mama one more Nick you've got extra shoes with a Jew bank canada.com to find out the location nearest you to drop them off it's fantastic cause people doing great work thanks okay that is if it's show I'm Doug Brown I'm Lucy Hazelwood we'll see you next time on go


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