Midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy's Midshipman Action Group (MAG) collected 477 pairs of shoes from the Class of 2020 to donate to homeless shelters in Washington, D.C., May 22.
The shoes were collected as the plebes began the traditional Herndon Monument climb that marks the end of their plebe year. The plebe class left the shoes behind on Stribling Walk as they ran to begin the climb, while midshipmen from MAG gathered and sorted the shoes into pairs by size.
“The annual Herndon Shoe Drive shows its importance even during the excitement of a promotional ceremony,” said Midshipman 2/C Anna Kang. In the midst of an exciting and long-awaited day, the plebe class still takes time to donate “sneakers for someone else in need.”
The midshipmen bagged the shoes and transferred them to a van to take them to the regional Catholic Charities chapter where they will be distributed to families in need.
“Although the drive itself is short and shadowed by the Herndon Climb, the piles of shoes themselves show that giving to the community is not overlooked,” said Kang.
The Midshipman Action Group was established in 1992 and is supported by the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation. MAG organizes more than 50 educational, environmental and social service volunteer projects on the local and national level, employing more than 500 midshipmen throughout the academic year.
Each year, the midshipmen contribute approximately 26,000 hours of community service.