Pottsgrove Soccer Team Collecting Boots, Shoes ‘For Ian’
This many would be good; more, even better
SANATOGA PA – A Pottsgrove girls soccer team is giving its own special kick to a local charity that helps ensure those in need have a good pair of shoes on their feet.
The Pottsgrove Under-10 Girls PUMA Soccer Team is collecting gently used or new shoes for men, women and children to help bolster the supplies of “In Ian’s Boots,” the charitable organization founded in January 2010 following the sledding accident death of North Coventry Boy Scout Ian Miller.
Team “soccer mom” Lisa Simon reports the footwear can be donated Oct. 27 and 28 (2012; Saturday, from 9-11 a.m.; and Sunday, from 12:30-1:30 p.m.) outside the snack bar at Lower Pottsgrove Township’s Gerald Richards Park on Buchert Road. Team members and parents will be on hand to receive the donations, which should be held together in pairs by rubber bands.
In greatest demand are children’s boots and boots with cleats or rugged outdoor soles. Women’s high heels, although fashionable, are less practical and so won’t be needed.
After their son’s death, Miller’s parents disclosed a note containing a Bible verse, James 1:2-4, was found within his winter boot. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance,” it read. “Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
The discovery prompted the formation of the charity in Miller’s name. The organization to date has helped homeless and needy residents across southeastern Pennsylvania, as well as in Honduras and Africa. It also sponsors several soccer programs in foreign countries where the children are highly susceptible to the influences of the drug trade or are in extreme poverty, Simon said. That made it a natural fit for the soccer team’s efforts.