Intern to The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Anyone with extra pairs of shoes, that they would like to donate to a good cause, are asked to contact Jenny Alexander.
She is collecting shoes, from the Uxbridge community and surrounding areas, to donate to less fortunate families living in Cuba.
Jenny vacations in Cuba, sometimes two or three times a year. While she is in Cuba she likes to bring down things like clothes and toiletries for those in need.
“They are always exceptionally grateful for anything we give them,” she said.
Jenny got the idea of bringing shoes down, after learning from a waiter at her resort how expensive shoes are in Cuba, specifically Cayo Largo, the island in Cuba where she stays.
“This is the first time I reached out to the community and the response has been incredible. I have quite a few bags of shoes to sort through.”
After posting, in the “Sandford Community” Facebook group, how she is collecting shoes, before her trip to Cuba on May 5th, she received an overwhelming response.
She received nearly 40 pairs of shoes a few days after reaching out to the community, and posting to the Facebook group.
“I will take any type of shoes, but predominately, I would like to take down children’s shoes,” she said. “A pair of shoes last them only 6 months because they grow out of them so quickly.”
“Shoes for Cuba” is a solo venture, Jenny came up with independently. If this visit goes well, she would like to expand the project to get different communities involved to make an even bigger impact.
“I am very grateful for the people that donate. It is something that, if it works out, I would like to do more and make a bigger thing, and get more people involved from different areas,” she said.
If anyone is interested in donating shoes to Cuba, they can email Jenny, at Jenny.Alexander.firstname.lastname@example.org, and she would be happy to give them to a family in need.