National / Global Service

Share Your Soles Annual Shoe Drive

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Donations taken through September
Drop off at Southminster

Once again, Southminster will be collecting new or gently used shoes for its annual shoe drive coming up in September. Please begin saving shoes for this very worthwhile cause. Acceptable shoes must not have holes; still have soles, not worn off on the bottom; clean and can withstand heavy wear. As long as the soles are in good shape, they can be donated.

Shoes of all types and sizes are needed:
Athletic shoes, sandals, school shoes, dress shoes, work shoes, snow boots, flip flops, walking shoes, slippers, soccer cleats, football cleats, wrestling shoes, high heels, etc. The need for children’s shoes is always the greatest.

This drive has had such great success in the last few years. Thank you all for your generous donations! Shoes can be dropped off in the collection boxes located at the front doors by the elevator and outside the church library.

Share Your Soles is a charitable organization dedicated to donating shoes to those in greatest need around the world. This organization has shipped over 2 million pairs of shoes to over 40 locations in the U.S. and worldwide.

Southminster Furnishes Chapel in Guatemala

     

When Rev. Linda McCarty, former resident of Arlington Heights and CEO of the nonprofit Faith in Practice, asked for help from Southminster Presbyterian Church to furnish a chapel at the Hospital Hilario Galindo Hospital in Retalhuleu, Guatemala, our Mission Team jumped at the chance.

Recently, Faith in Practice renovated the Hospital Hilario Galindo, adding an attached chapel where patients and their families could worship and pray. Southminster members provided the funds for Guatemalan artisans to build pews and a pulpit, riser, communion table and cross.

Rev. McCarty served as an associate at Southminster before joining Faith in Practice. For years, the church has supported the organization’s mission to improve the physical, spiritual, and economic conditions of the poor in Guatemala through short-term surgical, medical, and dental mission trips and health-related educational programs. Last year, more than 1,200 U.S. volunteers worked beside 900 Guatemalan volunteers to serve more than 25,000 Guatemalan patients.

National Service Volunteer Opportunities

We take Southminster’s service beyond Arlington Heights’ borders. We volunteer with Chicago groups like Kidz Korna, which works against youth violence and child abuse, and Starfish, which offers children homework help, recreation, art projects and moral teaching.

We travelled to Washington, Ill., to help the town recover from its tornado, to Florida to deliver relief, and to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

None of this can happen without people like you. Let us know how we can help you help others.

International Service Volunteer Opportunities

Southminster sends people, dollars, food, aid kits – even shoes – around the globe:

  • Several of us have joined medical teams as nurses that flew to Guatemala to perform free surgeries.
  • Some at Southminster have come up with their own ideas for a mission trip. We gave them grants to make it happen. They have traveled to Uganda, the Dominican Republic, and elsewhere.
  • We assemble rice-and-bean packs for Feed My Starving Children.
  • We make hygiene kits for Church World Service.
  • Our Share Your Soles shoe drive collects over 300 pairs every year.

What kind of volunteering calls to you? We’d like to hear your ideas and have you join us.