I just sat down to eat dinner and watch the KTVB evening news.  They just gave an incredibly heartbreaking update to the number of people who can't return to their homes. 

The number of people living in hotels and temporary shelters in Houston and surrounding areas in Texas has jumped to 50,000. While we broadcasting live from The Village at Meridian today, my friend Kimberly (who has family in the area after by Hurricane Harvey) shared the statistic that over 85% of homeowners in Houston do not have flood insurance. That means they won't have any claim money coming in to help them rebuild and will still be paying rent/mortgage on homes that are no longer inhabitable.

It's hard to even fathom the magnitude of hardship these families are facing, so 107.9 LITE-FM teamed up with Fleet Feet Meridian, Team Run Boise and Cinnaholic for an incredible "ShoesDay" for Harvey relief.  Our LITE listeners showed up in force donating over 275 pairs of shoes to be sent to those who lost everything in the floods from Harvey.

Fleet Feet's going to sort through the shoes and send them to their stores in Texas (working primarily with the San Antonio store) to help distribute the shoes to the right areas.  Like our Meridian store, the Texas stores operate in the heart of their communities which makes it a lot easier for our donations from Idaho to make it to those who really need them in a timely matter.

If you'd still like to donate your gently used shoes, Fleet Feet will be collecting them at their store inside the Village (behind Kona Grill) through Friday.

Check out some of the photos from today and give yourselves a pat on the back for truly making a difference in the lives of people who so desperately need a hand up right now!

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