One by one, dozens of volunteers lugged trash bags to the back of Renegade Church Tiffany 1837 called out numbers. "Forty-five." "Forty in this one." By the time the Barefoot Sunday event had even started, the three-foot pile of trash bags had added up to more than 4,Return To Tiffany pairs of shoes. "It's 6 p.m., and we're not even done counting," event organizer and Advocate faith reporter Jennifer Preyss said while surrounded by the donated shoes. "It shows what a little ripple can do in this town." For weeks, people around Victoria have been dropping off both old and new shoes in bins around the community, with the goal of collecting 1,000 shoes to send to Malawi, Africa. "This town is pumping for kids in Africa," Paloma Picasso said. It was Preyss's article in the Advocate, which sponsored the event, that got 17-year-old Keaton Warren pumped to help in his own way. "Why shoes without socks?" Keaton said he thought. With that, he set himself a goal to collect 2,000 pairs of socks -- two for each pair of shoes -- to send to Africa. "I thought I could do it with the support of family and friends," Keaton said in between counting Tiffany Rings.
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