I moved to Augusta in 2008 to cover religion for the Chronicle. I didn't know a soul this far South at the time, but the area is quickly becoming home. Before then, I covered the cop beat and crime while working at a newspaper in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. I got my start in Virginia writing features for a community weekly while in college.
Posted July 5, 2011 03:03 pm

Rebuilding Haiti one step at a time

The 1,000,000 Soles Project, a non-profit relief organization working to provide shoes for those struggling in the aftermath of the 2010 Haitian earthquake, will host a fundraising event in Augusta.

WHEN: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 14

WHERE: First Baptist Church of Augusta, Mission Activity Center, 3500 Walton Way

ABOUT THE EVENT: The fundraiser, titled Rebuilding Haitian Communities One Step At A Time, serves as an introduction to the organization's relief efforts. The group was founded in Alabama with the goal of providing proper footwear in times of emergencies and natural disasters.
For $10, donors can provide a new pair of canvas shoes to disaster victims.

THE NEED: Currently, the organization reports, anywhere from 1.3 to 1.7 million people are displaced from their homes and living in transitional housing and tents in Haiti.
Footwear helps protect against infectious disease and the loss of limbs, as those living in camps must navigate debris and unsanitary conditions.

LEARN MORE: Call The 1,000,000 Soles Project at (334) 749-9487 or see onemillionsoles.org.