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Compassionate Cobbler Gifts Shoes To The Homeless

How a generous shoe-maker is repairing his client's unwanted shoes to give them to the needy


How important is a good pair of shoes? Absolutely vital, if you are either homeless or living in poverty. One kind cobbler called Ronald Dijnam is based in Vancouver, Canada, and runs a program to repair and gift second-hand shoes to those who need them the most. He has helped countless people since 1985 by giving shoes to local charity organizations, who distribute them around the city.

Shoes are something most of us take entirely for granted, but for many people they offer more than style. Parents with growing children and no money to buy footwear benefit from this scheme, as do those living on the streets. Aid workers say the program has been invaluable to Vancouver’s needy– with 25,000 pairs and counting distributed in the decades since Dijnam was inspired to give back to the community.

Readers in the Vancouver area can donate their unwanted shoes by dropping them at Quick Cobbler on 430 West 2nd Ave. in Vancouver BC.


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