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Brick & Mortar wants your gently used shoes

Brick & Mortar Living is collecting used shoes through the month of December to be donated to peope in need. - Contributed photo
Brick & Mortar Living is collecting used shoes through the month of December to be donated to peope in need.
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To walk a mile in someone’s shoes is to get a sense of what it feels like to be that person.

When those shoes are worn by the homeless, it isn’t easy or very comfortable.

Shoes are expensive and amongst those in need, proper footwear usually ranks some distance below a filling meal and a warm, dry place to sleep. In fact, Royal Columbian Hospital says they’re in particular need of men’s shoes for homeless patients who end up in the emergency room.

Brick & Mortar Living is collecting gently used shoes this December to be donated to various organizations in New Westminster for distribution to the homeless and others who need a dry place to park their feet.

The store, run by sisters Julia Dewhurst and Emma Nash and their mother Jenn Pistone, has set up a special “Shoe the Shoeless” display in one of their shop windows to help raise awareness about the ongoing need for shoes. They hope to collect at least 250 pairs of shoes by Dec. 24.

Brick & Mortar Living is located at 42 Begbie St.

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