Employees Support Local Shoe Ministry, Donate Over 100 Pairs of Shoes
March 23, 2011

The Building Group’s Greenville (SC) employees consistently offer their time, talent or money on a monthly basis to a specific community service effort or charity. In March, employees held a shoe drive to support a local ministry that distributes donated footwear to those less fortunate. The mission was to collect gently-worn shoes — casual and dress shoes for men, women and children, as well as steel-toed work boots.

Byrd offered some background on the shoe ministry, explaining “Mr. Levi Perrin of Greenville is an average working man who has a heart for helping others within the community. He formed a Shoe Ministry, collecting shoes people no longer wear from churches, businesses and individuals. Every fourth Saturday, Levi takes the donated shoes to the Soup Kitchen off Stone Avenue in downtown Greenville and allows everyone there to select a pair of shoes.” Byrd continued, “Levi shared that some come barefoot, while others may come with large holes in their shoes. He also stated that a number of the men who come have applied for jobs where they are in need of steel-toe work boots, but are unable to report to work because they do not have the means to purchase the shoes.”

While this initiative directly impacted the Greenville community, there was statewide participation from Building Group employees. “Many who are assigned full-time to the Boeing project site in Charleston also pitched in,” noted Byrd. In total, the Building Group donated over 100 pairs of shoes. Mr. Perrin picked the shoes up from the Greenville Office on March 22, 2011.