Shoes for HEAL: Donate Your Shoes, Dig a Well in Kenya
Grace Congregational Church and volunteers from Castleton University, Clarendon Elementary, Mill River Union High School, United Church of Benson, First Congregational Church in Fair Haven, Union Church of Proctor and Federated Church of East Arlington are conducting a shoe collection drive to raise funds for HEAL Raising Our World Foundation, Inc. HEAL will earn funds based on the number of pairs of shoes collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase all of the donated goods. HEAL is raising money to dig a well at Rapha Community Center, an orphanage and school in Kenya.
Anyone can help raise money, by donating gently worn, used or new shoes, any size or type at Grace Congregational Church on Friday, April 15 from 1-6pm and Saturday, April 16th from 9am-noon.
All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise partners in developing nations. Funds2Orgs helps impoverished people start, maintain and grow businesses in countries such as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa. Proceeds from the shoe sales are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.
“We are excited about our shoe drive,” said Jennifer Wright, Founder & President of HEAL. “We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like donate. By donating shoes to our shoe drive, they will help provide clean water to children in Kenya and help those less fortunate become self-sufficient. It’s a win-win for everyone,” added Jennifer.
By donating shoes to Shoes for HEAL, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives.