Shoe donations help local community

By Kylie Neel

For any kids or teenagers who need some new cool kicks or want to donate gently used ones, opportunity has presented itself. 

Ruston resident Bevin Hicks and her family have started a shoe donation basket at their home, where anyone can bring new or gently used shoes for individuals who need a new pair of school shoes. 

Hicks said she and her daughter have shoes that they have barely worn and were just sitting in their closets. When they were looking at so many shoes that they had forgotten about, they wondered if any other kids needed them. 

“We have a lot of shoes, and we didn’t realize how expensive shoes are, especially nowadays,” Hicks said. “I always thought that a new pair of shoes for the school year was to make you feel confident in yourself, and I want everyone to have that feeling.”

Hicks said the drop off started last week, and she and her family are going to continue to have it for a while, though they are unable to place the drop box outside during this rainy time.

“I know that some may want to feel that confidence, this is a way to give back to our community,” Hicks said.

There is a mixture of women’s shoes and little boys’ shoes in the drop box now currently.

The location for the cool kicks drop off box is at 1400 E. Georgia Ave. in Ruston.