Congreation B'nai Isreal (CBI) of Rumson is asking you to put someone else in your shoes — literally.
Currently, the congregation is conducting a shoe drive, in cooperation with the global non-profit Soles4Souls organization, through Dec. 18. The drive is designed to help others to take a step out of poverty in your gently worn or new shoes.
Soles4Souls has distributed more than 19 million pairs of shoes around the world,
according to Buddy Teaster, its CEO.
“With one in every four adults in the world living in extreme poverty, basic necessities like shoes are simply unavailable," he said in a released statement. "In developing nations like Haiti, Honduras, and Tanzania, walking is the main form of transportation, and shoes can protect a person’s feet from cuts and infections. Also, children in other parts of the world cannot attend school without a pair of shoes."
The Youth Department at CBI will be collecting the shoes, which will be redistributed through the Soles4Souls international micro-enterprise partners.
“CBI has formed a YOUTH IN ACTION program this year to promote social action, volunteerism and leadership," CBI Youth Director Susan Alderson said in a released statement. "Our students are excited to collect shoes for this amazing organization, which gives shoes to the needy and helps people to literally, get back on their feet and move forward with their lives. “
CBI, which has been serving the Jewish community for more than 90 years, is located at 171 Ridge Road, at the corner of Hance and Ridge Roads, in Rumson.