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PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM The drop-off location for shoes is Stewart House, located across the street from Mackey Arena.
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The drop-off location for shoes is Stewart House, located across the street from Mackey Arena.
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Oct. 7, 2004

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -

In an effort to help disaster victims in Haiti, Purdue student-athletes will be sponsoring a collection of quality used shoes that will be sent to that country to assist in the relief effort after massive flooding caused by Hurricane Jeanne.

Organized by the Purdue Athletics Ministry and the Purdue Captains' Table, a collection truck will be located at Stewart House, located directly across from Mackey Arena, on Tuesday, Oct. 12 and Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Athletes will staff the truck throughout the day to collect women's, men's and children's shoes that are in good shape. With the recent tragedy in Haiti, there is a great need for food, water, medicine and building supplies. There is also a need for shoes. CNN reported last week that many people are being injured because they either wear very poor shoes or no shoes at all.

Marty Dittmar, chaplain for Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics, has traveled to Haiti with student groups over the past 13 years. He personally knows the severity of the need for shoes among the Haitians.

"Our last trip to Haiti with Purdue students, I had a young Haitian man helping me with some of the work we were doing," Dittmar said. "I noticed his shoes were coming apart. They were shoes we would have thrown out long ago, and he was still wearing them. I looked down at my nice Nikes and decided to give them to him."

Dittmar belongs to a mission order that will be sending several ship containers of food, water, medicine and building supplies to Haiti for the disaster relief. The shoes will be added to the cargo. The containers will be traveling to Double Harvest Ministries in Haiti.

Dittmar hopes that people will take the time to look around their homes for an extra pair of shoes to donate.

"I encourage folks to look around their closets for shoes they don't wear any longer, and bring them to Stewart Co-op House," Dittmar said. "They will make a difference in a life in Haiti."