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January 24, 2014

Area student, 16, starts shoe-donation charity


Noto and her supporters are finalizing a plan to distribute the donations.

“We haven’t fully decided that yet,” she said. “We are thinking about doing a shoe swap, where people can trade shoes. Of course, we also want it to be anonymous and we want to protect people in the community who might be in need. So we have also talked about just donating the shoes to the Red Cross or the Salvation Army.”

Noto has set up a Facebook page for Soles to Share and designed a logo for the organization herself. Hobbie and her English teacher, Adam Cox, have been helping her set up the official charity organization, get tax exempt and 501(C)3 status.

Her teammates and classmates have been pitching in too. “Of course, I can’t do this alone,” she said. “So many people have been helping. Everyone has been so positive. Everyone has been really, really amazing. No one has shut this down or told me why it can’t work. Everyone has been giving us ideas about how to make it better.”

Added Wolfe: “What is amazing to me is to see a student have a big idea, and then put it into practice. She has been able to see that she can’t do it alone, that she does need help, and then to see where to go to get help. She has been able to take the whole process of what we are teaching and apply it to her idea.”




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