The Professional Staff Association (PSA) along with El Paso Sheriff Department held a shoe drive through June and July in efforts to provide the community of El Paso with a pair of slightly used or new shoes.
EPCC's original goal of 100 pairs of shoes was surpassed as 278 were collected.
PSA had an original goal of 100 shoes.
Passing their goal, they decided to fill a display case with 100-250 shoes. Once reached with 157 pairs of shoes, 200 was the number to beat.
Ending with 278 shoes, the PSA reached and succeed their goals.
“I would have gone for 300,” said Carmen Wages, chair of the humanitarian outreach committee (HOC) and treasurer of the professional staff association, “It was amazing how people cooperated and helped out. Something I could feel was the love.”
With every shoe donation, Wages donated a pair of socks to fit appropriately with the pair of shoes being donated.
Shoe donations were not the only items being accepted; people were allowed to donate money to be saved up to buy new shoes.
“My friend says, ‘poor people deserve new shoes.’” said Wages. With the money donations, a lot of new shoes were purchased.
The next drive being held is the “Keep El Paso Warm Drive” taking place Sept. 23 through Nov. 4.
They will be collecting blankets and coats. “We want EPCC to meet 200 blankets,” said Wages, “maybe buddy up and buy one. If you see blankets (on sale) for $6 buy them.”
The PSA reaches out to the elderly and other people in need with the Keep El Paso Warm drive and want to be ready to give out the blankets/coats before Thanksgiving.
The next shoe drive, will be held next June and go through all of July.
“We saw a lot of help,” said Wages “so this year we will start in June after receiving the contact of the Sheriffs. I am happy that people are helping and that they continue to help.”
Wages strongly encourages students to take part in the drives.
“Get a little group going. I want other campuses to get excited,” said Wages “We are always accepting volunteers. If we can do it, why not do it. Students should get involved in giving and helping their community.”
To find out more on how to volunteer or help donate contact Carmen Wages at (915) 831-6348.