Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Shoe Drive
Written by: Allison Swan
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Kansas City PBS is collecting shoes to help those in need around the world.
Those who have watched the show know that Fred Rogers opened each episode by changing out of his dress shoes into a pair of sneakers. Kansas City PBS was inspired by this signature routine and partnered with producers of the series, the Fred Rogers Company, and Soles4Souls, a non-profit social enterprise that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world.
Your shoes will go towards a great cause—Soles4Souls takes each gently used pair collected and distributes them to programs that create jobs in developing nations like Haiti and Honduras. The money then funds the free distribution of new shoes in the United States, Canada, and other nations in need around the world.
From now until December 1st, bring your gently used or new shoes of any kind to Kansas City PBS Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., or to one of their collection events or partner sites. To donate, all you have to do is bundle each pair of shoes with a rubber band or tie the laces together and you'll receive a commemorative Mister Rogers magnet!
Kansas City PBS is located at 125 East Thirty-First Street in Kansas City, Missouri.