The smaller things in life are often overlooked. Imagine walking to school with no shoes, and not by choice.
The Honors program at JSU recently partnered with the Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center (JCOC) for a shoe drive. The students collected 79 pairs of shoes.
Students were asked to participate in the annual S.H.O.E. (Students Helping Others Excel) program by placing their unwanted sneakers in the designated tubs. Shoes were collected through February 28 and then passed around the community of Jacksonville for those in need.
Dr. Steven Whitton is responsible for putting a thought into action in 2009 with the cooperation of the very first group of Elite Honors Scholars.
The goal was to find a manageable way for eight students to give back to their community. The task was a simple one, collect shoes. The first year the gift of fifty pairs of shoes were given, and it has gradually grown from there.
Jacksonville Christian Outreach Center is responsible for partnering with other organizations throughout the years. They work closely with the Baptist Campus Ministries and organize things like food drives and toy drives to help those who are in need of assistance.