Shoe Charity Founder Shares His Gifts

Ever since we met Wayne Elsey, founder of Soles4Souls, I’ve been impressed with his charity towards others. Let him know that someone needs a pair of shoes and those shoes are soon on the way. Wayne believes in giving back to others, personally and through his shoe charity, Soles4Souls. Yesterday we toured the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. I was struck with the way John and Mable Ringling also had an attitude of sharing with others…on a large scale. Upon his death in 1936, John left his art collection and estate to the people of Florida. The art collection alone is valued as one of the top 20 museum collections in the US. We visited the complex and were amazed at the Circus Museum which is a replica of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus from 1919-1938. The whole model takes up 3,800 square feet. After seeing the small scale circus, we toured the Ca d’ Zan, the dream mansion built for John and Mable. It rivaled many castles we’ve seen in Europe. How wonderful that this couple enjoyed their wealth while also sharing it with others. www.ringling.org

The Ringling estate had amazing Banyan trees

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