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Woman collects 75,000 pounds of donations for Haiti

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In a few weeks a Middle Tennessee woman will be on her way to Haiti after conducting a successful shoe drive to help the needy.

In March, Channel 4 profiled Tracy Swack and her efforts to collect shoes and clothing from across the state.

Because of her hard work, she collected 75,000 pounds of donations in 18 weeks.

"Every day was something new - a blessing that can't be described," said Swack.

It was all part of a challenge in which she squared off against others across the country.  Swack won the contest and a trip to Haiti with the local charity Soles 4 Souls.

Together they are taking the donations to those still recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake.

"It was so amazing how many people I met (while collecting the donations.)  I was thrilled to be a part of it," said Swack.

Tracy said her campaign took her as far as Knoxville. She made the six-hour roundtrip to pick up hundreds of pairs of shoes from a woman who wanted to help.

At times she said she was so busy collecting shoes that she forgot about the trip.

"To know that I'm actually going to get to meet the people we did this for.  It's hard to believe. Never in my life did I think we'd go to Haiti," said Swack.

She said if she can make a difference, so can the rest of the public.

"Anybody can do it. I am not a person of means. (I'm a) single mom with two teens," said Swack.

She leaves next month for Haiti.

Swack lost her father to cancer last year, and she's donating his shoes so they can be used by someone in need.

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