91-year-old shoe store owner retires and donates his entire inventory to charity

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91-year-old shoe store owner retires and donates his entire inventory to charity
91-year-old shoe store owner retires and donates his entire inventory to charity. Courtesy of Mohammad Shafi.

One man is getting a kick out of seeing the shoe on the other foot, and he’d like to see it on as many feet as possible.

91-year-old, Mohammad Shafi, finally retired after more than 70 years in the shoe store business.

Shafi, or “Mo” as his friends call him, didn’t want to leave his community empty handed. So, the shoe veteran decided to do something magical with what was left of his inventory – donate it to the Salvation Army.

Mo was born in Pakistan in 1929 and learned how to make shoes when he was just 15. He lived in England for 11 years before moving to Canada in 1964, where he would open a couple businesses.

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One of Mo’s customers was Major Norm Hamelin of the Mt. Arrowsmith Salvation Army. Over the years the pair became friends and often talked about retirement. He told his friend that at retirement, he planned on donating what was left of his inventory to charity – he kept his promise.

91-year-old shoe store owner retires and donates his entire inventory to charity
91-year-old shoe store owner retires and donates his entire inventory to charity. Courtesy of Mohammad Shafi.

“We are deeply honored for this gift of specialty shoes [that] will be available for our community,” Bonnie Brown, Salvation Army business manager told The Northern View.

“The donation of Mo’s stock will help contribute to raising essential funds to support our local soup kitchen and food bank, which continue to feed and support the more than 2,000 people relying on Salvation Army services each month in our community.”

His generous donation was well-received and brought the shoe veteran lots of joy. Upon retirement, Mo thanked is customers, suppliers, and friends for supporting his businesses all those years.

Today, Mo and his wife, June, are officially enjoying retirement – spending precious time with their growing family whenever possible.


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