MIDDLEPORT — Mid-Valley Christian School, located at 500 North 2nd Ave., Middleport, is asking for people to “Donate your Soles.”
The school is participating in a shoe collection for Funds2orgs, an organization that helps impoverished people in developing nations start, maintain and grow businesses.
The shoes collected by this and other fundraisers across the country are consolidated and shipped to on-the-ground business operators in Haiti, Honduras, Central America and Africa. The shoes are cleaned and minor repairs are made, if necessary, by the recipients. These new entrepreneurs are now enabled with the means to provide food and housing for their families.
According to Funds2org, in the U.S. alone, approximately 600 million pairs of shoes are thrown away each year. Instead of being left to disintegrate in a landfill, the donated shoes go to a worthy cause and are recycled at the same time.
Funds2orgs requires at least 2,500 pair of shoes to be collected to participate and Mid- Valley Christian has collected 500 pairs so far.
“More are arriving every day,” school administrator Melissa Dailey said. “We are certain we can meet our goal. It is such a worthwhile endeavor.”
After the shoes are donated, students ready the shoes for pickup by place 25 pair into a bag. When 100 bags are filled, they will have met their goal.
The shoe collection deadline is December 11, so now is a good time to clean out those closets.
Anyone who has new or gently worn, used shoes they would like to donate can bring them to the school or call Dailey at 740-992-6249 for more information.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.