Twinsburg teen is trying to break the cycle of poverty, one pair of shoes at a time

NORTHFIELD, OH (WOIO) - A Twinsburg teen has started an exciting service project: 16-year-old Jonathan Brooks is the brains behind something called: "Helping Soles."

He is trying to help break the cycle of poverty, one pair of shoes at a time.

So for the next 3 months, people can drop off shoes to any Fleet Feet Sports location in Northeast Ohio.

"They can be any shoes, they can be old, they can be new as long as they're not broken, torn up, as long as they're gently used in good condition," Brooks said.

One of his goals is to send the shoes to disadvantaged people in countries all across the world and Fleet Feet is on board with the project.

"I think between our four stores across Cleveland, we might be able to get 300-400 shoes a month," General Manager Mark Zickefoose said.

Which is exactly what Jonathan was hoping for. The cross-country runner knows the importance of a good pair of sneaks.

He also realizes that he's had a lot of support and wants to pay it forward with this project.

"It's hard juggling school and academics and cross country, there's work, volunteering, but if you're really passionate about something, I feel like you can make the time for it," he said. "I know you have shoes in your closet that you don't wear anymore so it would be for a good cause to help out other people."

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