Archive for November, 2009

RV Hall of Fame Worth A Visit

November 30, 2009

Since we are living in an RV, we were thrilled to visit the RV Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana. The RV Founders Hall displays trailers, photos, and memorabilia reaching back to the 1920’s and 1930’s and is open to the public. The museum presents chronological and technological advancements in the industry from before WW I to the present. Even if you’ve never set foot inside an RV, I’d recommend you visiting the Hall of Fame. How fascinating to see RV’s from the 1930’s to the present. You simply follow the “road” through the building to see early pop up trailers, handmade motor homes and even Mae West’s RV. The displays include shrubs and bushes to create an outdoor feel, along with original blankets and dishes used in the early years of camping. Definitely worth a stop!

Sammy Sole visiting the smallest Airstream ever built


A Nashville Thanksgiving

November 29, 2009

Sammy Sole going with us to deliver 76 meals

Loading the truck with meals

Allan carrying 10 meals to one house

Several years ago, Sondra and I spent Thanksgiving morning with the Assumption Church in Nashville, distributing food to shut-ins. It was such a moving experience that this year, Allan and I did the same thing. Early Thursday morning we picked up 76 Thanksgiving dinners, complete with turkey, stuffing, pecan pie and macaroni and cheese. (Which I learned is a standard side dish in this area.)With the help of our GPS, we traveled throughout Nashville, delivering the food. It was obvious many of the people we met were in dire need of a hot meal. One woman, living alone told me “At 96 years-old, I don’t have the energy to make a turkey dinner.” Then she kissed my hand in gratitude. One tiny two bedroom apartment had four young children, several adults and an invalid living together. It wasn’t much, but hopefully our short visit and some food helped brighten Thanksgiving for some people in Nashville.

Soles4Souls RV Gets A Little Brother

November 24, 2009

During the holiday season, we all get together with our relatives…some who may be a bit “colorful”. The Soles4Souls RV met a new relative today. Check out the picture of the new Soles4Souls Smart Car. I think you’ll agree this car is also “colorful”.

Red Wing Donates High Quality Footwear

November 23, 2009

Thanks to a generous donation from Red Wing, we were able to give away over 100 pairs of sturdy work shoes to the men at the Nashville Gospel Mission. Volunteers helped us find the perfect size and style for each man coming through. Now they’ll have proper fitting shoes for any jobs they come across.

Wayne’s Lucky Day (Two Years Ago)

November 23, 2009

Today I returned to the Nashville Rescue Mission. This location has a special meaning because it’s where I first met Wayne over two years ago. He was sitting byhimself at a table, looking “lonely”. Thinking he might want company, I went over and with my annoying cheerfullness tried to make him a part of our volunteer group. And as they say… the rest is history because now Soles4Souls has an RV that travels the country, promoting his shoe charity. Yes Wayne, it was your lucky day when you met me! (Whether you think so or not.)

Where’s Sammy Sole?

November 22, 2009

Can you find Sammy among all the shoes?

Magic Trick in Slow Motion

November 22, 2009

We began the shoe drive with our 8 foot Soles4Souls tablecloth prominently displayed. Soon the table filled with shoes, so we added another table in front. That soon filled, so another table was set out. It wasn’t long before all three tables had hundreds of shoes which would be kept on display all this week. The only problem…our tablecloth was buried underneath all the shoes. Just like the magician he is, Allan quickly jerked the tablecloth out from under the shoes. Well, not exactly, he laid on the floor and slowly, inch by inch, released our tablecloth from the weight of all the shoes. Now that’s a good problem to have!

The tablecloth at one hour into the shoe collection

The slow motion "pull the tablecloth" trick

New Shoes Keep on Coming

November 22, 2009

Alena, our super-volunteer, decided to take a break from banding shoes

Just a "few" of the donated shoes

What happens when a church decides to demonstrate compassion? They bring in over 1,000 pairs of NEW shoes! That’s what happened this weekend at Heartland Community Church in Rockford, Illinois. We were delighted to be swamped with people bring in new, high quality shoes, ranging from cuddly blue baby slippers to size 15 men’s shoes. Most people had a story to tell as well. One woman donated a pair of white tennis shoes in honor of her father’s favorite shoes. Another woman donated four pairs of shoes, each the size of her grandchildren’s shoes. Then there was the mom that brought a whole bag of sparkly, shiny pink girls’ shoes. “I had three boys”, she said.” “This was my chance to finally buy some cute girl’s shoes!” All the shoes will be sent to the Soles4Souls warehouse in Alabama, then shipped to people in need around the world. A special thanks to Ashley, who coordinated the shoe drive, scheduled volunteers and will be in charge of shipping the shoes.

Husband Leaves His Beloved Wife Behind

November 21, 2009

Come back Allan!

Ahhh the joys of traveling with my husband! We were driving along a deserted country road

Great rural shot of the RV

when Allan suggested I go outside and take a picture of the RV on the road with the corn stalks in the background. Thinking it would make a good picture for the blog, I grabbed the camera and walked to the side of the road. As I snapped the picture, Allan took off down the road, literally leaving me in the dust. Such a joker! He did come back though.

Heartland Community Church Celebrates With Shoes

November 20, 2009

Heartland Community Church went all out with their shoe theme. In addition to having a sermon series about shoes, they had table top shoe decorations filled with fresh flowers all around the church. My favorite display was a huge sign spelling out “SHOES” made with…actual shoes!