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For Immediate Release
August 22, 2017

Shoes for Hope Campaign Kicks off at IPFW

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is collecting shoes now through September 18 as part of the inaugural Shoes for Hope campaign to raise awareness for suicide prevention. The event will run in conjunction with Suicide Prevention Week, which takes place September 10–16.

Eleven containers are set up across campus. The goal is to collect 1,100 pairs of shoes, equal to the number of college students who are lost to suicide every year in the United States. Because suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, the goal of the campaign is to give a visual statement on the number of deaths. Donations of new and gently used shoes will be accepted.

The university is partnering with the Rescue Mission, Charis House, Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau, Blue Jacket Clothing Company, and Cross Border Partners in this effort. These five community organizations will be the recipients of the collected shoes.

The general public is invited to participate in the Shoes for Hope campaign.

For more information, contact Jason Anderson at 260-481-6637 or