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Lathrop School students collecting shoes for Haiti
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Students at Lathrop School collected most of the Soles4souls shoes benefiting the earthquake victims of Haiti. According to seventh-grade science teacher Jim Carr, students spent over a week donating shoes and going out to the community for new and gently worn shoes. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
Lathrop School is doing its part to assist the people of Haiti.

Through the non-profit organization Soles4souls, students at the Manteca Unified site were able to collect most of the nearly 800 shoes.

Last month, Haiti was hit by a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake. Affected were some three million people.  Losses included an estimated 170,000 among the dead and property damages consisting of 20,000 in commercial buildings and over 225,000 homes.

Enter Soles4Souls.

The Nashville-based charity collects shoes from warehouses of shoe companies and closets of people. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has distributed over 5.5 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes to the needy throughout the world.

Since the Jan. 12 earthquake, Soles4Souls have focused on Haiti.

“They have a goal of (collecting) one million shoes,” said Lathrop School seventh-grade science teacher Jim Carr.

He recognized Lathrop parent Monique White for before the Lathrop City Council and her church, with her effort accounting for some 200 shoes.

Carr believed students have gone as so far as to donate their own footwear.

“Some are decent looking shoes,” he said.

Students loaded up four of the large boxes donated by Costco into Carr’s truck on Friday.

The boxes of shoes, in turn, were scheduled to be sent to Las Vegas and shipped out to Haiti by Sunday, according to Carr.

More information on Soles4Souls can be obtained by logging on to