Our Sole Hope Party was quite a success! Since I had not been working at the Glass Door Salon for too long before the event, it was fun for me to meet all the wonderful ladies who came out to help that night. Having never been to a Sole Hope Party before, I was curious to see how we would be making shoes out of donated denim. (Now I understand that we are not making the shoes themselves, but assembling the pattern pieces.) Everyone went above and beyond tracing, cutting and putting together sets for the shoes to be made. It was a joy to see everyone talking and getting to know each other over chili and wine, all the while working away.
Celebratory shouts rang out when the first shoe pieces were all pinned together! When it was time to leave, the ladies weren’t satisfied with how many shoe sets they had made, so several of them took jeans and templates home with them to continue making the necessary parts! Each of them brought back an extraordinary amount of pieces during the next two weeks, and in the end we were able to ship back the makings for 61 pairs of shoes! Overall, it was a perfect opportunity to do something that makes a difference while being in the company of great people. While lots of salons are passionate about hair donations, I like that the Glass Door Salon has found something unique to make their cause. Between this party and the last, we’ve been responsible for putting 101 pairs of shoes on children in Uganda to help prevent debilitating jigger infestations!