We’re so excited to be publishing a report dedicated to multiple sclerosis in partnership with @NMSS! Look out for when it hits newsstands on Sept 25 in The New York Times Magazine.
We had an amazing time covering the MTV Movie Awards Gifting Suite Event at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills Friday. Actors, musicians and athletes alike were digging our reports! Here’s WNBA star Lisa Leslie checking out “Kidney Health.”
Last year, after reading in our “Foot Care report” about how Soles4Souls had pledged over a million new or slightly used pairs of shoes to Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake (http://bit.ly/cUadMo), 14 year old Boy Scout Joshua Patrick was inspired to start a collection of his own! Check out the e-mail we received from his father below!
“My name is Larry Patrick and I am the father of 14 year old Boy Scout Joshua Patrick.
I saw your article in USA TODAY dated June 6, 2010. My son, Joshua Patrick, here in the metro Nashville area, who has his Life Rank in the Boy Scouts and wanted to do something significant for his Eagle Scout Leadership Project which is a requirement for attaining the Eagle Scout Rank.
An Eagles Scout Leadership Project must be organized and conducted by the scout, and must benefit the community in some way. I kept this article and showed it to my son Joshua. Earlier this year, he had wanted to do his project collecting tents for the people of Haiti after the earthquake, but then do to various circumstances, including the devastating floods in our area in May, whereby we then had our own local crisis, that project never got off the ground. However, Joshua decided to do a collection project for Soles4Souls with the approval of Tim Deats, Comptroller at the World Headquarters in Old Hickory, Tennessee; located just a few miles north of downtown Nashville.
This last Saturday was the final collection day for his shoe drive, in which over 3,000 pairs were donated and collected based on Joshua’s efforts of conducting his shoe drive, after handing out flyers to over 2,000 homes plus collection boxes placed at several corporate locations for the last couple of weeks. He put in dozens of hours planning and preparing and organizing and then leading this event, which ended up involving dozens of people and several hundred hours of donated time from other scouts, parents and family friends. I thought I would write you about this, and include a few pics just in case you might be interested in doing another article pertaining to the Soles4Souls organization and the success of a shoe collection drive by Joshua. They are a great organization and by visiting their web site, www.soles4souls, you can see that as of this Friday, they will have given away their 12,000,000th pair of shoes (giving away a pair to somebody in the world every 7 seconds)…”
Larry Patrick 4 Joshua Patrick, Life Scout, Troop 1
We inspired Joshua… now he has inspired us!