Shoes are often something that most people take for granted.
A Salvation Army program run in the Downtown East Side is hoping to change that.
The Shoe Renu program collects donated runners and boots and distributes them to people in need.
Clinic coordinator Graham Salvail says the goal of the program is to fill a basic need for people living in the Downtown East Side.
“I arrived at the clinic this morning at around 8:00, an hour before we opened the clinic, and there was probably 150 people lined up. While they are out on the street, their shoes and socks are soaking and they end up getting a lot of problems with their feet because of that.”
Those who visit the clinic on Saturday will walk away wearing clean socks and a new pair of shoes.
Salvail says the response from people in need has been enormous.
“They are very appreciative, they’ve very glad to be able to come in, sit down and get a clean pair of socks or shoes. There is a fair number of them who will say it has made their day.”
People interested in donating or volunteering can click here to be directed to the website.