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When Blake Helton had to think of an Eagle Scout project, his first idea was to run. Not away from the responsibility but for a cause.
On July 23, Blake will host a 5k fun run and walk at Niles West High School to benefit Share Your Soles, a charity that sends used shoes overseas to people who have none.
“I had the idea to do a 5k because I run myself. I’m a track athlete and cross county runner. I figured why not put my two passions together, scouting and running,” said Helton.
Helton had the idea to look for an organization that collects shoes because he and his running friends wear out pairs regularly, and he knew most of them had old ones around the house.
“Runners have a lot of shoes, so I figured why not get people like myself together for the event and collect them for a good cause.”
As part of an Eagle Scout project everything must be acquired through donation. Helton even visited his old elementary school to use their copy machine to make fliers for the event. “It can get a little challenging,” Helton said.
Helton’s goal is to send 1,000 pairs to the charity. By setting up boxes in various schools he has already amassed nearly a third of that total. “I’ve got 300 pairs of shoes in the garage so far just from the schools.”
Helton hopes to acquire more donations from businesses and individuals to hedge the costs of renting the school and for shipping the 1,000 pairs overseas.
Although he is part way there, he said he still has a lot to do.