WJBF- Many years ago, one Podiatrist moved to Augusta and introduced a new charity to the CSRA. Now, the community, goes to him every holiday season to contribute their gently used shoes to someone in need. WJBF News Channel 6’s Stefany Bornman spoke with Dr. Kent Kronowski about the humble beginnings of collecting shoes for the homeless.
Many years ago, one Podiatrist moved to Augusta and introduced a new charity to the CSRA.
Dr. Kronowski says he was the new guy in town and thought starting the shoe drive would be a good way to connect with the community. Since then he hasn’t stopped because now the community comes to him asking about the start of the yearly shoe collection. For more than 30 years Kent Kronowski, of the Foot and Ankle Group, has been collecting shoes for the homeless.
“We have to do it because the patients want to give and that’s just fantastic.” Kronowski told WJBF News Channel 6. Shoes in bags and boxes, for people off all ages, are dropped off at the podiatrist’s office all month-long.
A Podiatrist moved to Augusta and introduced a new charity to the CSRA.
“It’s the holidays and if you can do something for someone,” said Kronowski, but it’s not just the homeless a simple pair of these shoes help.
“We’ll have patients in the office where we will see the need and we say hey we’ve got to go through the pile. We have to find something for them,” Kronowski said.
The doctor says even a little pile goes a long way. “You don’t know how really good you have it until you see that some of the basic needs other individuals don’t have or can’t afford,” Kronowski added.
One year, the doctor remembers losing a pair of his own shoes. “In my office they were piling up and they showed up to get them and I was in surgery so I had my athletic shoes and I came out and my shoes were gone,” the podiatrist told WJBF News Channel 6.
But he didn’t go looking for them because he knows they ended up on worthy toes.”Their gratitude is heartwarming just to say the least. So that always stands out each year,” Kronowski said.
If you would like to donate a pair of shoes to someone in need this holiday season you can drop-off your donation at any Foot and Ankle Group location during their business hours. They have 3 locations, 1 in Evans and 2 in Augusta.