Generous "soles" give back

iHeartyosneaks collects shoes for disadvantaged kids

By Axel Marcenaro
On February 21, 2020

 Photo by Mbulelo Maqungo:
Shoes of all types, from athletic to dress, fill the iHeartyosneaks col­lection bin. If students donated a pair of shoes, they were given a free iHeartyosneaks T-shirt.


Members of the student organization iHeartyosneaks gathered in the Houston Harte University Center on Feb. 11 to host their Black History Month shoe drive.

The organization’s members invited stu­dents to donate gently used sneakers, which are to be given to less fortunate kids in the commu­nity.

Raegan Gibbs, sophomore, donated a pair of Vans, Nike and Converse shoes and said it was well worth it.

“It makes me feel good knowing that I’m making a huge impact on someone else’s life by doing such a small deed,” Gibbs said.

Amber Orne, iHeartyosneaks presi­dent, said the organization brings the shoes wherever they are needed. Most recently, their supply of sneakers was brought to the Family Shelter of San Angelo.

“I really like our mission,” Orne said. “We’re helping communities one ‘sole’ at a time.”

Orne said that while they have had large turnouts and dona­tions in the past, members of their own organization have been the larg­est contributors recently.

Orne hopes to increase the organization’s visibility while she is president and bring donation num­bers back up.

“I just really believe in this organization that we have here and I

hope that we can continue to make it more known in San Angelo, on campus here at ASU, and we hope to grow to other campuses, too.”

During the drive, members also gave those who provided shoes a free iHeartyos­neaks T-shirt. The shirts featured the faces of famous Black leaders edited onto a photo of the Power Rangers team line up. Students could also purchase a shirt, with no donation, for $20.

If students are interested in joining or helping in some way other than offering sneak­ers, Orne said the public is welcome to attend iHeartyosneak’s meetings, which are every oth­er Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Room 210 of the University Center.

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