Compassion Project: Walk a Mile in My Shoes

Compassion Project: Walk a Mile in My Shoes

What is the Compassion Project?

Life can throw you unimaginable mountains to climb. Through these inconceivable challenges, knowing you are not alone can be comforting. The Museum is assisting Lori Long, the coordinator of the Compassion Project, in collecting shoes for a special exhibition to promote awareness, empathy, and compassion for others. We truly never know what someone may be going through. The project encourages tolerance and love for people from all walks of life.

Shoes have a story and soul of their own. The goal of this project is to teach tolerance by collecting shoes and telling stories.

How can I participate?

  1. Donate a pair of your old shoes. They can be too small, worn, or unusable. They must have belonged to you.
  2. Submit a story. This can be in any format you choose: paragraph, poem, short story, writing on the shoes or laces, handwritten, typed, painted—the choice is yours. Be creative! It can be as long or as short as you want. Tell us where those shoes have been, and where you’ve been in those shoes.
  3. You can mail entries to Lori Long at 380 E. Main Street, Abingdon VA 24210 or contact Lori Long at 276.393.5728 to coordinate a pickup or delivery. You can also drop off your entries at the Museum or contact Callie Hietala, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at 276.628.5005 x.119 or with questions.

What’s the deadline to submit my shoes?

Friday, December 16

What will happen to my entry?

After receiving your donated shoes, your entry will be on display along with other shoes and stories collected from the community. The exhibit will premier at the William King Museum of Art and will travel to other communities later on. Donated shoes will not be returned.

What if I have more questions?

Contact Lori Long at 276.393.5728

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