Collecting Shoes For Boston

April 23, 2013 Updated Apr 23, 2013 at 9:08 AM EDT

By WKBW News

April 23, 2013 Updated Apr 23, 2013 at 9:08 AM EDT

WESTERN NEW YORK (WKBW) - A few good pairs of running shoes are needed to help the victims of the Boston bombings.

Several volunteers are setting up shop across Western New York and collecting gently used shows.

They're calling it "Shoes with a Past Looking for a Future."

The group gets $0.50 for every pair of shoes they collect and it doesn't stop there. The donated shoes are sent to a program in Africa to help people in need.

"We have bins set up in the Ken-Ton school district and also in the North Tonawanda district," said volunteer Jessica Tomasello. "We've been asking local gyms all around Western New York and we also have them set up at the Sweet Home apartments and right here at Primerano fitness."

"We're hoping teachers bring in their kids' shoes, kids bring their parents' shoes, used cleats, anything they have," said Tomasello.

All of the money raised from the show drive will go to "One Fund Boston," which was set up by the city's mayor to help victims of the tragedy pay for medical treatments.

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