Non-profit “Shoes for the Souls” started by girl who is legally blind

McClain Hermes is a thirteen-year old living with her family in Georgia. She is also legally blind, and predicted by doctors to be completely blind in several years. Her vision is not the focus of her life, however. After learning from her father how old shoes were just being recycled, she started the non-profit “Shoes for the Souls” and, along with her family and friends, collects old shoes as part of her mission to “help the homeless in and around Atlanta, GA have a good pair of shoes to wear.” They estimate that around 10,000 pairs of shoes have been collected in the past four years.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.