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Montgomery man's generous gifts to homeless is making a difference

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The next time Montgomery businessman Avery Ainsworth goes for a run, he'll always remember a pivotal run that changed the course of his life.

Two weekends ago Avery saw two homeless men in downtown Montgomery and something told him to do something special for them; outfit them with shoes.

"It just sort of felt like someone tapped me on the shoulder and said 'you gotta do it,' said Ainsworth.

One idea led to another and so in the back of Ainsworth's Fleet Feet store in mid-town, Ainsworth has more donated shoes he can count in two large cardboard boxes.

"We have shoes of all types and while they're used they're in good shape," said Ainsworth.

Ainsworth estimates the shoes he has are probably worth around $5,000. The first batch was given away last Saturday.

"It was amazing. You had people walk across town. Many of them had blistered feet and bloody socks," said Ainsworth.

As of now Avery Ainsworth has collected more than 300 pairs of shoes and along the journey a greater compassion for the homeless.

"It's changed me because I realize one little vision if you step up and do it can be huge," said Ainsworth.

Ainsworth has already decided this won't be a one-time collection but never-ending, much like one of those long runs he endures for a marathon.

Ainsworth says you can drop off your old shoes at his store at 2934 Carter Hill Road in Montgomery Monday through Friday anytime from 10 AM to 7 PM and Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Somewhere out there today in Montgomery more than a few homeless men and women are wearing comfortable shoes, shoes to cushion the hard life on the streets.. thanks to a dedicated runner committed to making a difference.

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