An Urban Legend


In Hanover Township in Indiana, there’s a real life urban legend on the run or walk if you must get technical about it.

Years ago someone stood on a corner in the township with a sign saying “will work for clothes and shoes.” A short time later that person left, apparently getting his wish. Still people left shoes at the site.

Over the years, people continue to leave shoes at the site; either on the side of the road or in the middle of the road. It’s been going on for years; all types of shoes. Some are shoes for men, others, women, even slippers. The shoes keep on coming, year after year, day after day.

My suggestion to the township, play up the legend. Let people drop off the shoes. When you collect enough, give them to some clothing pantry and let them pass them on to the poor of Northwest Indiana. That will solve the problem of what to do with the shoes. All of us can chip in our used shoes and help those in need. What a great way to keep an urban legend going and help those who need the help in some small way.

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