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Lindsay Sobel ('22) collects over 1,000 pairs of shoes for the homeless

Shelley Deutsch
Middle Schooler Lindsay Sobel pursued her passion for helping others and started Shoes for Soul, a project in which she collected and donated pairs of shoes for the homeless.



Lindsay Sobel (SC ’22), wanted to make a difference in the community as part of her preparation for her Bat Mitzvah –and thus, Shoes for Souls was born!

Reaching out to family, friends, neighbors, and fellow Sierra Canyon campers, she collected over 1,050 pairs of shoes.  It took months to sort and bag them, and they were recently donated to Shoes for the Homeless, a 501(c)(3) public benefit company that is committed to providing shoes to those in need in our local communities. (For more information about Shoes for the Homeless, please see https://www.shoesforthehomeless.net/.)

Ira Diamond, a podiatrist who is the founder of Shoes for the Homeless, explained that “homeless men, women, and children are in great need of adequate shoes. It is our mission and vision to help these individuals by providing a quality pair of shoes. We are hopeful that providing shoes will significantly improve their quality of life, and provide comfort and foot protection.”

In speaking about Lindsay, he said, “Lindsay Sobel is very passionate about helping the homeless and those in need.  Her commitment to collecting lightly used men’s, women’s and kid’s shoes for those in need shows her warm caring spirit.  We congratulate Lindsay on her amazing success so far and wish her more achievements in the future.  Great job Lindsay!” 

We are so proud of you, Lindsay, and we know that you will one day change the world for the better! 
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