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Hero of the Week: Alan Taylor and Shoes for Souls


Find out how you can nominate a “Hero of the Week” at the bottom of the page.


Throughout the week, our ACC Team searches through emails and news articles looking for someone who deserves to be the Hero of the Week…

This week, Jodi Tipton, of East Tennessee, wrote in to honor her brother-in-law Alan Taylor.

Alan lost his battle with pancreatic cancer last month, but before his passing, he had set out on a mission to help children in his hometown area of Roane County, Tennessee. Alan wanted to make sure that every child had new shoes to start off the school year. He felt that it was very important that no one felt different or less than anyone else.

After his passing, his family wanted to make sure his dream lived on, so they started a nonprofit called Shoes for Souls. The organization helps kids at Kingston Elementary School by providing those in need with brand new sneakers. The hope is to see it branch out to all rural areas throughout Eastern Tennessee.

Alan’s daughter Abbey said that the family feels that it’s their job and that they are proud to carry on his legacy.

For more, check out this story. And, to help with the cause, you can donate here.

Chuck Wick’s Response:

It sounds like Alan had the idea and the family, friends and community are helping to carry out the dream. So, we’d like to not only recognize Alan Taylor but all of his friends and family as our heroes this week!

It’s great to see folks helping their neighbors… And, what a legacy!




Nominate a Hero of the Week

Now, we want to know who has made a difference in your life. Nominate a local firefighter, police officer, EMT or someone who is serving our country in the military. It could even be a neighbor, family member or friend who lent a crucial helping hand. Let us know all about the person who you feel is a real life hero by emailing us here and please feel free to send us a picture!

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