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Stepping up to help out

Football fans donate shoes for Hurricane Harvey relief
Sep 05, 2017
Photo by: Karyn Spory Football fans could get into the Mt. Pleasant/Mediapolis game for free Friday night as long as they donated a new or gently used pair of shoes. All dontations will go to victims of Hurricane Harvey. Iowa Wesleyan University will do the same Saturday during their game here in Mt. Pleasant.

Mt. Pleasant and Mediapolis football teams may have been facing off on the gridiron Friday night, but their fans were banding together for one cause — helping out those affected by Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding.

Fans were granted free admission with the donation of one pair of new or gently used shoes, which will be sent to Coach Kelvin Sampson at the University of Houston, where the items will be distributed to various organizations and then to those in need. Mt. Pleasant Community High School partnered with Iowa Wesleyan University to gather donations.

“This is overwhelming,” Kim Huene said as she carried another arm full of shoes to the bed of Activities Director Scot Lamm’s truck. “People have brought just one pair of shoes, but a whole bag full of shoes.”

Jill Crile, who was also working the admissions booth Friday, also agreed. “It’s very heartwarming that someone is taking the time to bring shoes for those in need,” she said.

Huene and Crile noted it wasn’t just the Mt. Pleasant community that was in the giving spirt, Bulldog fans came with shoes in hand. “It’s so great to see our opponent so willing to help,” added Huene.

for Deb and Gary Rodgers, of Mt. Pleasant, this was just a small way to do their part. “We’re just trying to help out a little bit down there,” said Gary.

Deb said they also had plenty of shoes at home to donate. “It’s such a little thing, but we feel like we’re doing something at least.”

Kathy Buster, clad in Bulldog orange, was all smiles as she readily handed over a pair of shoes at the gate. “We were so concerned about the people down there (Texas). There’s just a huge need and this is just one way to help out.”

Buster said she was very impressed with the two schools — Mt. Pleasant and Iowa Wesleyan — for giving up their profit in order to help those in need. Her husband, Mike, was touched when he saw the Wal-Mart semi trailer waiting to be loaded to haul the shoes down to Texas. “I drive for Wal-Mart so that is really special to me,” he said looking at the trailer. “I hope everyone donates.”

Mt. Pleasant Principal Todd Liechty said giving up the night’s profit for donations just seemed like the right thing to do. “Anytime Iowa has an issue, people from across the U.S. help out so it’s nice to be able to give back,” he said. “The best part is our friends from Mediapolis have been bringing shoes, too.”

Panther head coach Shawn Striegel said he was also proud to see so many people donating as it not only helped out those in Texas, but brought together the local community. “I think it helps (our) moral, knowing that you can help the cause.”

IW will be accepting shoes donations to get into their football game on Saturday, Sept. 9.

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