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South Valley royalty collecting shoes for the barefoot

Mar 06, 2019 11:44AM ● By Travis Barton

Miss Herriman Jade Hansen stands next to the collection bin at Herriman City Hall. (Photo courtesy Jade Hansen)

By Travis Barton | [email protected]

Miss Utah contestants, notably Miss Herriman, Miss Riverton and Miss Bluffdale, are running drives to collect shoes for Soles 4 Souls. 

A nonprofit organization, Soles 4 Souls takes donated shoes and distributes them around the world to countries in need. 

Shoes are not required to be used, said Jade Hansen, Miss Herriman. “They can be new, old, heels, sandals, tennis, dress. Any kind of shoes, I’ll take 'em.” 

Collection bins are located at Herriman Library and Herriman City Hall. 

For Hansen, shoes have a place in her platform as Miss Herriman, “Protecting Our Athletes,” where she’s focusing on preventing athletic injuries. 

“The right pair of shoes can prevent injuries,” she said. 

The shoe drive lasts through April 22. The pageant winner who collects the most shoes gets to go on the humanitarian trip to deliver the shoes. 

Hansen said she’s always wanted to serve others. Having grown up in a world where she’s never lacked food or footwear, she wants to provide that comfort to those without it. 

“One pair of shoes can change their whole life, change their attitude,” Hansen said. “I want to be able to give that opportunity to people. I want everyone else to be a part of that with me so they can feel like they're getting some of the rewards from this.”