- Associated Press - Sunday, May 28, 2017

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A Minot resident who spent part of her childhood in Mexico is collecting shoes from North Dakota children to donate during her next trip back to the country.

Luz Derusse decided to start collecting the shoes when she encountered children at the border during a trip to Mexico.

“I said to myself, ‘We can make a difference.’ That’s when I formed my hunt for shoes - all sizes, girls, boys,” Derusse said.

Derusse has made multiple trips to Mexico in the past five years to give away shoes she’s acquired from yard sales, thrift shops and donations.

“I imagine a little child with a big smile on their face because they have shoes,” she said. “That is what it is all about to me - to bring life, bring hope to those little ones.”

Derusse is planning to make another trip this week, and will be bringing a trailer filled with shoes, The Minot Daily News reported (https://bit.ly/2r5qxz1).

“This community has been magic, making it happen,” Derusse said.

Local Starbucks stores and the Minot YWCA also have been assisting in the effort in collecting shoes.

“The shoes we would throw away are treasures to them because some of these people have never owned a pair of shoes,” said Ashley Boyd, resident manager at the YWCA.

Shoes have been donated from North Dakota, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Minneapolis.

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