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What a feat: 27,000 pairs of shoes gathered and hauled for adoption fundraiser

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Looking at Mikelle and Josh Schmit’s lawn last Sunday, you would have thought there was a party going on.

In a sense, there was. But it was more celebration than party. And before the celebration began, there was work to be done.

Shoes for adoption

Luke Diede, 6, and little sister Brooklyn Diede, 3, stand idle as adults haul bags full of shoes in assembly line fashion around them to help Josh and Mikelle Schmit load upwards of 27,000 pairs of shoes onto a semi truck Sunday afternoon. The Schmit family collected the shoes to help fund an adoption.

Shoes for adoption

Josh Schmit, at left, hands a bag of shoes over to Chris Milliron Sunday afternoon.

Shoes for adoption

Megan Diede smiles while chatting with friends as dozens of community members came together to make quick work of loading 27,000 pairs of shoes onto a semi truck Sunday afternoon in Gillette.

Shoes for adoption

Doug Rigsby helps pass along bags of shoes Sunday afternoon.

Shoes for adoption

Campbell County Fire Department Station 3 Capt. Dan Smith grabs two handfuls of bags before handing them off to the assembly line of helpers Sunday at the Schmit household.

Shoes for adoption

Volunteers help load 27,000 pairs of shoes onto a semi truck Sunday afternoon in Gillette. The shoes were collected by Josh and Mikelle Schmit to help fund an adoption.

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