Some of our team who collected shoes.
We did it! We covered three different zip codes in downtown Norfolk – 23507, 23510, 23517 – dropping off door hangers and bags advertising the launch of a new church, The Rising: a community of faith, and explaining the shoe drive we were conducting.
We asked people to scour their homes for unused or unwanted shoes, place them in the provided orange bag, set them outside on Saturday after 11am, and we went around collecting the bags of shoes. We were amazed at the response! Upon seeing the first bag hung outside a door we got that giddy feeling a kid gets when he lays eyes on the presents left by Santa. After the first bag, we saw another, then another and another until we finished collecting 230 pairs of shoes!
That’s right, we collected 230 pairs of shoes from this drive! Add this to the shoes we’ve been collecting for months and so far we’ve collected 1,002 pairs of shoes that will benefit people who don’t have shoes in Haiti and America because of poverty or from suffering the effects of a natural disaster.
I want to say thank you to everyone who gave shoes. To the guys I spoke with briefly off of W Olney Rd. on Wednesday night for giving 4-5 pairs of shoes, Thank You. To the lady at the Governor Spotswood Apartments who stood outside on Saturday, looking for the team who collected your shoes, seeking them out so you could give them another trash bag full of shoes, Thank You! To the countless residents in Ghent and Downtown Norfolk who gave shoes to make a difference in people’s lives, Thank You so much for your generosity!
I hope you’ll come out to our next Sneak Peek Experience at The NorVa this Sunday June 8th starting at 10am to see what we’re all about as a church. We are a church that serves our community and the world and we want to invite you to join us in the journey! Check out the recap of our first Sneak Peak Experience we had on May 11th for a sampling of what to expect. Get in at the ground level before we have our Grand Opening and Official Launch on September 14th!