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      Midlands group lacks funding to ship donated shoes

      Stephanie Warren with â??Shoes for Samantha,â?? said she and a small group of friends have dedicated the past two weeks to collecting used running shoes. / Sara Jane Harris

      COLUMBIA " A local organization has collected more than 60-pair of shoes to send to students overseas, but lacks the money to ship them.

      Stephanie Warren with Shoes for Samantha, said she and a small group of friends have dedicated the past two weeks to collecting used running shoes.We kind of created a network of people in different states collecting shoes, said Warren.Warren said Samantha is a friend and coaches track at the high school.

      Recently, Samantha started blogging about the horrible ground conditions her students were running on barefoot.It TMs covered with rocks and glass, but the kids run on it anyways because it TMs all they have. So we definitely wanted to give them something that will protect their feet, said Warren.But Warren pointed out now that they have enough shoes, the group doesn TMt have the money to ship them to Samantha and her students.Shipping is very expensive, it TMs approximately 180 to 200 dollars a box to send over, said Warren.Warren said she is now relying on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook to spread the group TMs message and collect donations.

      If you would like to help, please visit:Blog: shoesforsamantha.blogspot.com Twitter: twitter.com/shoes4samantha Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shoesforsamantha

      E-mail: shoesforsamantha@gmail.com

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