COLUMBUS, Ga. – Homeless people in the Chattahoochee Valley are benefiting from a new partnership in Columbus. Synovus joined with SafeHouse Ministries to donate nearly 250 pairs of shoes to the homeless.
Employees also bought more than 100 pairs of socks. Analyst Kevin Johnson learned that shoes are one of the most desired items for the homeless. So he and his team bought and collected new and gently used shoes. From sneakers to slippers, from kids to adults, there was a shoe for every age group.
“It’s just a foundational element of what society sees as the norm,” Johnson told News 3. “So a decent pair of shoes. You don’t walk out with holes in your shoes. And we don’t want our homeless groups and those less fortunate to do the same thing.”
When asked how much the shoe drive cost the company, Johnson said “a little time and a lot of heart.”
He says school kids will also benefit from a boost in confidence wearing their new shoes. About 1,500-1,900 kids in the Muscogee County School District are homeless.