Central Valley High schooler looks to collect 800 pairs of shoes for UGM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A Central Valley High School student is almost halfway to his goal of collecting 800 pairs of new or gently used shoes and new socks to ultimately donate to Union Gospel Mission. 

So far Alex Frye has collected around 300 pairs of shoes and over 150 pairs of new socks in bins that he's put in front of stores, like Noodle Express on Sullivan, White Elephant on Sprague, and at Green Acres Hope Lutheran Church and Green Acres Elementary School. 

"I'm trying to collect shoes or boots for men, women and children," said Frye. "Nothing with holes in them, that is why I am calling my project 'No More Holes'." 

The idea for his Eagle Scout project was sparked years ago when he was in elementary school. 

"I saw this kid playing out on the playground with a hole in his shoe and it was during a cold month," he said. "His feet were probably cold and there was nothing he could do about it."

He says donations will be accepted through mid-February after which he will take them all to UGM, which has four shelters in the Spokane Area. 

"As soon as donations come in, they go out within a couple of weeks," said Diane Hutton, director of the UGM Crisis Shelter for women and children. "A lot of woman that come in, have left their home in a a hurry and they don't pack."

She says at all shelters they try to provide the men, women and children, in poor circumstances or homeless with shoes and other resources they need. 

Shoes quite literally are a start for folks to get back up on their feet. 

Alex Frye says he's even willing to come to you to pick-up donations, his contact information is on the bins he's placed around the area.