Veterans put heart and sole into helping others
Veterans at the N.C. State Veterans Home gave one time in their past for others and now have given back to others again freely. The staff and Veterans had a shoe cutting party for Soles for Hope.
Patterns for the shoes had to be traced, cut and then organized — a total of 12 pieces to complete one pair.
Pieces were cut out of donated old blue jeans from the staff. These completed cut sets are then sent to Africa and sewn into shoes.
At villages in some remote areas of Africa, children and adults have only open-toe shoes, if any at all, which allow jigger-type fleas to embed in the soles of their feet. This is a painful thing that in some cases causes loss of foot or limb.
Having soles on their feet make for a much better way of life where children can play and families can grow.
The veterans and staff felt the joy in giving back.