Soles Without Holes: Recycling Shoes for Those in Need

 In Board Member, grantmaking, non-profit

by: Duncan Beardsley, PVF Board Chair

Soles without HolesWhat fun it is to visit a farmer’s market and discover a small but very worthwhile project being run by a high school girl in San Mateo. Abbie Schultz created Soles Without Holes, which collects gently used shoes to be donated to orphanages, homeless shelters, and disaster sites in need. Her enthusiasm, dedication, and vision are wonderful! PVF is happy to support her underwrite costs for having a booth at farmer’s markets and the shipping costs to get the slightly worn shoes to places in need.

When I visited her booth she said: “I collect all types and sizes of shoes and send them to orphanages in Haiti and the United States. Please look in your closet and consider dropping off those pairs that are collecting dust.”

Learn more on her website You can email Abbie c/o her father at

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