A 10-year-old White House student is giving up her birthday presents so she can collect shoes to send to less fortunate children.
Autumn Carpenter turns 11 in October and decided in lieu of birthday presents she would ask for shoes which she can then give to those in need.
Autumn was inspired by a quote from Michael Josephson her mother posted on Facebook that read, “To the barefoot man happiness is a pair of shoes. To the man with old shoes it is a pair of new shoes. To the man with new shoes, it is more stylish shoes and of course the fellow with no feet would be happy to be barefoot. Measure your life by what you have, not by what you don't.”
“I think we take everything for granted that we have because unless you have been there and done that, you don't know what it feels like not to have it,” Autumn told Nashville's News 2. “I wanted to get shoes that people can't wear anymore or that are too big for them and donate them to kids in Guatemala and Brazil where they have to run barefoot because all the kids don't have enough shoes.”
With the help of her mother, Autumn created a Facebook page called Autumn's Shoes to help spread her idea.
She has already received bags of shoes from classmates to help her cause.
“It is just amazing that the word has spread that fast. The face book page has been up since Sunday but I just told everyone in school about it yesterday,” said Autumn.
The Carpenters will have collection boxes at HB Williams Elementary and White House Middle schools beginning in October. Exit Reality in White House will also have a collection box and the Carpenters will pick up any shoes which can't be dropped off.
Autumn hopes to be able to keep the shoe drive going through December so she can collect as many shoes as possible to help others.