POINT PLEASANT — It’s often been said people might understand each other better if they walked a mile in another’s shoes.
A 16-year old junior at Point Pleasant High School has taken that advice and then some.
Emily Keefer decided to get involved in changing the lives of others who might not even have shoes to walk in.
Keefer heard about “Christian Laced,” a “Soles4Souls Drive” being organized by Gage Cobb and Ashlyn Donohew, 11-year-old students at Ripley Middle School. Cobb and Donohew set a goal to collect 25,000 pairs of shoes to be distributed to poverty stricken people around the world, which compelled Keefer to help.
Keefer, described by those who know her as “big hearted” and “energetic,” jumped in to start making a difference.
Keefer, with the help of Principal William Cottrill, presented the program to Point Pleasant High School, where the Big Black Knights proved chivalry isn’t dead. The students arose to the challenge and collected 772 pairs of shoes.
Keefer then banded and packaged all the shoes and presented them to Cobb and Donohew to support their efforts.
Keefer, of Leon, is the daughter of Jesse and Valissa Keefer. Her school activities have included PPHS Black Knight Band, jazz band, solo and ensemble for saxophone, wrestling mat maid, FFA and more.
Her community activities include being a member of the Busy 4’s 4H Club, a 13-year student and three-year demonstrator at Pam Bailey’s School of Dance, she is a member of the Evans Church of God, Transformed Youth Ministries, Pleasant Valley Hospital Junior Auxiliary, 2014 Battle Days Royalty and more.
A portion of this article provided by staff at Point Pleasant High School.