Fruth Pharmacy Helps Collect Shoes for Students

October 31st, 2017 by fruthpharmacy

Point Pleasant, W.Va. – (October 12, 2017) – Gage Cobb and Ashlyn Donohew wanted to make a difference. They weren’t sure how or what they could do, but they wanted a mission to impact someone’s life. Ashlyn already had the idea to help Soles4Souls and was approaching her mother about what they could do. Gage had been inspired by his pastor at his church to grow with his walk with Christ. After speaking with Ashlyn, he wanted to help her with Soles4Souls.

Soles4Souls is a non-profit social enterprise based in Nashville, TN that helps provide shoes and creates “micro-enterprise entrepreneurs” in foreign countries to help with poverty.

When they were in the 6th grade, Ashlyn and Gage worked together to start a Sole4Souls shoe drive. They collected 25,000 pairs of shoes in less than four months. When they reached their goal of 25,000 pairs, they were awarded a trip to Honduras to meet the people directly impacted by their donation. They also had the opportunity to distribute shoes to the local children.

This trip was life-changing. Ashlyn and Gage could not wait to do it again! They are now 8th graders working on their goal of collecting 25,000 pairs for a second time.

In August, they contacted their local manager at Fruth Pharmacy in Ripley, Pam Durbin, to see if the store there would collect shoes for their cause. Pam contacted the corporate office as well as all of the Fruth locations asking if anyone would be willing to donate shoes. The corporate office took this one step further and decided to help by asking customers to also donate or purchase shoes at a discounted rate for their cause.

Fruth Pharmacy collected 3,440 pairs of shoes within a 2 week time-frame; about 997 pairs came from the Ironton, Ohio location.

Ashlyn and Gage met with Lynne Fruth, President of Fruth Pharmacy and John Galvan, Director of Operations for Fruth Pharmacy, on the October 6th, to pick up the shoe donations. Fruth complimented the students on their past success and gave them best wishes on this new endeavor.

“It was amazing to see how much room 3,440 pairs of shoes took up in our warehouse and their trucks,” Melanie Sherman, Advertising Specialist for Fruth Pharmacy began, “I cannot imagine how much space Ashlyn and Gage’s goal of 25,000 must take,” Sherman concluded.

Ashlyn and Gage are close to reaching their 25,000 goal. They currently have about 15,000 shoes. When they reach the 25,000 goal again, they will be able to take a trip with Soles4Souls and get to distribute the shoes. They will have an opportunity to choose to visit one of four places: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, or return to Honduras.

If you have shoes you would like to donate you may contact Ashlyn’s mother directly at Shoes may be extremely worn. You can donate a single shoe or a pair. If a pair, please tie shoestrings together or rubber band.

You can learn more about Soles4Souls on their website at

About Fruth Pharmacy

Fruth Pharmacy has been a family-owned pharmacy for over 64 years. Fruth Pharmacy has 30 locations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. To learn more about Fruth Pharmacy, please visit

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