NEW YORK — Dashiel Alsup reached the final destination on his crusade for a cause, in Neptune Beach, Fla., on Monday.
The 19-year-old humanitarian hiker trekked barefoot more than 3,000 miles over an eight-month period to raise awareness and funds for Soles4Souls, a charity organization that provides free shoes to those in need around the world.
During his cross-country hike from Washington state to Florida, he stopped in Nashville, Tenn., in November to visit the Soles4Souls headquarters.
Wayne Elsey, the founder and CEO of the charity organization, joined Alsup for a shoe-less walk through the city’s center. “We met Dashiel at the Parthenon in Centennial Park and walked together to the Nashville Rescue Mission,” said Wayne Elsey in a statement. “We’re honored that he’s been undertaking this barefoot journey on our behalf.”
Alsup’s efforts have inspired many companies and individuals to donate their resources to the charity. Recently the Buford, Ga.-based Oka B. shoe company donated 60,000 pairs to Soles4Souls.
Said Alsup, “I’m just happy I can make a difference in people’s lives.”