Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s E.M.B.O.D.I. program participated in its first community service day of the year entitled “Hearts4Soles”.
The participants collected gently used shoes from their closets, family, church members, and schools. The shoes were donated to individuals and families of Community Connections of Jacksonville.
After four weeks of collecting gently used shoes, over 500 pairs were brought to the Hearts4Soles Service Program Day at the Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary school’s Media Center. The participants unloaded and sorted all shoes with four tables of ladies shoes, two tables of men’s shoes and three tables of boys and girls shoes.
The Team Up Project Manager greeted the group and invited students and families out to select from the donated items. The participants were asked to give one word to describe the meaning of service. The student’s words described the service program as caring, leading, giving, sharing, helping and more. The students eventually shifted to assisting with a beautification project for the school.
The students raked and bagged leaves picked up trash and ensured the grounds were clean. The day wrapped up with remarks from the school’s principal Cindy Gentry to encourage the participants to keep education first and always be willing to learn. Principal Gentry happily gave the students and Delta members a guided tour and provided significant information about Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School.
“The Hearts4Soles service program day was fulfilling to have helped provide soles for souls as well as beautify the Martin Luther King Jr Elementary School. We are proud of the students,” said DST Member Elaine Mitchum.