April 5, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
Third time's the charm! Or in this case, first, second AND third time has been quite charming for the Lions' participation in the Soles4Souls Campaign. Coming in on top for the third consecutive year, LMU collected more shoes than every other school in the West Coast Conference. Our campus-wide effort brought in a total of 2,475 pairs of shoes that will go to disaster relief areas. In 2004, the focus was on the tsunami that hit Southeast Asia, the year after it spread to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and the most recent focal point has been the areas affected by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Every donated pair of shoes will go directly to a person in need, and provide another opportunity for us to live out the LMU mission of faith, justice, and service.
In the past three years we have collectively donated 7,500 pairs to the Zappos.com WCC Shoe Drive. This year's success would not have been possible without the teamwork of the faculty, students and athletes. The following is a list of the main contributors in the order of their donated amount:
-University Relations (U-Hall 2800): 168
-Intercultural Affairs: 151
-Senior Vice President of Student Affairs Office: 146
-Women's Cheer: 126
-Women's Swim: 109
-Delta Gamma: 102
-Cross Country: 90
A huge thanks to all of these campus organizations as well as the others who helped with this event! It wouldn't have happened without the huge dedication of the faculty members and the students who sought the help of their families and the community. It is opportunities like this that challenge both our competitiveness and our heart to help others. Keep up the good work Lions and start saving those shoes for next year's campaign!