Do you remember what you were doing when you were a freshman in high school? I do. I was trying to stay alive. Not literally of course, but the jump from junior high to high school can be tough for some students. It isn't just the academics. It's being involved in more school activities and balancing all of that with your studies. Sarah Smith is a freshman at Sumner Fredricksburg High School. She seems to be doing just fine during this her freshman year. She's getting good grades and in her spare time away from sports and studies is proving that young people can make a difference.

Sarah is in the midst of a huge fundraising effort. If you were to open the garage at her parents home, you wouldn't find cars in it. You'd see shoes. Thousands of pairs of shoes. Sarah is collecting them and intends to donate them through the Soles4Souls program. Donated shoes go to people in need in developing countries. If Sarah collects 25,000 pairs, she and her mom will get to go be part of the donation process. We talked with Sarah this week and got an update on how many pairs of shoes she still needs to collect.

Once again, if you want to donate this weekend, an event is being held at Hope City Church in Waterloo from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. And make sure and follow Sarah's journey on her Facebook page!

Sarah is proof that young people can make a difference in our community and around the world. Donate and help her reach her goal of 25,000 pairs of shoes!

Deb Smith