PEORIA (WEEK) - In the face of all the horrible news that came out of Afghanistan, a Peoria High School senior did something to help.
Charlie Shadid said he wanted to help those who suffered in the now Taliban-controlled country. Through some online research, he learned he could raise money by collecting old shoes.
That money would go to Relief International, a nonprofit that was on the ground in Afghanistan. They provided food and medical relief.
"I saw that there was definitely a crisis going on there and I recognized they were just like me. That there was obviously a need, and that I had the ability to help. So why shouldn't I," said Shadid.
Shadid said he collected 1,500 shoes through the drive. Once he gave the shoes to the organization 'Funds to Orgs' they would provide him with an amount of money based on how many shoes he collected.
Those shoes would be eventually sent to people in need in developing nations.
The money Shadid got would specifically help those whose lives were uprooted by the Taliban takeover.