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Students collect over 5,000 pairs of shoes for the homeless

Project involves students at several archdiocesan elementary and high schools

MIAMI | A group of students from archdiocesan schools participated in a Lenten project that resulted in the donation of 5,000 pairs of shoes to Camillus House.

The project was spearheaded by three students from Archbishop Edward McCarthy High in Southwest Ranches. Siblings Susanna, Sophia and Christopher Inguanzo partnered with a Miami Lakes-based non-profit called Loving Soles to lead and coordinate the collection efforts, working with public, charter and Catholic schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Students from Archbishop McCarthy and Msgr. Edward Pace in Miami Gardens sorted, cleaned and packed the more than 5,000 pairs of shoes. Students from Our Lady of the Lakes School in Miami Lakes designed and decorated the collection bins while also contributing shoes to the effort. Students at Mother of Our Redeemer School in northwestern Miami-Dade County also helped with the collection.

A similar project in 2020 netted Camillus House over 2,000 pairs of shoes, a total the students more than doubled this year. To reach that goal, they asked local municipalities to put out donation boxes in their communities.

The sorting and packing took place March 20, 2021 in Miami Lakes withCamillus House CEO Hilda Fernandez, Board Chairman Paul Lowenthal and Chief Operations Officer Bob Lozada helping out.

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The Inguanzo siblings, Susanna, Sophia and Christopher, pose with Camillus House CEO Hilda Fernandez while sorting, cleaning and packing the 5,000 pairs of donated shoes, March 20, 2021.

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The Inguanzo siblings, Susanna, Sophia and Christopher, pose with Camillus House CEO Hilda Fernandez while sorting, cleaning and packing the 5,000 pairs of donated shoes, March 20, 2021.


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