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The Rotary Club of Grand Island (https://rotaryclubgi.org/) is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser now through April 24 to raise funds for scholarships, family justice and trail enhancements. The club will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected, as Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the collected shoes.
Organizers said, “Those dollars will benefit our causes. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes at public drop off locations: Grand Island Memorial Library, Grand Island Town Hall, M&T (in April), Golden Age Center, St. Stephen’s School, Cole International (1775 Baseline Suite 280), Trinity United Methodist Church (March), and Wavelengths.”
The Rotary Club has partnered with the following organizations to do internal collections:
√ Fresenius Kabi, 3159 Staley Road
√ Kaegebein School (school project)
All donated shoes will be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise (small business) partners. Funds2Orgs works with microentrepreneurs in helping to create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send her son to law school.
"We are excited about our shoe drive," said Diane Garey, Rotary Grand Island club director. "We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us. By doing so, we raise money for our local causes, and we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It's a win-win for everyone.”
Organizers added, “By donating gently worn, used and new shoes to the Rotary Club of Grand Island, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives around the world.”
About Rotary Club of Grand Island
Rotary’s mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through a fellowship of business, professional and community leaders. The Rotary Club of Grand Island supports a relationship with local schools, cleans up the environment on an adopted highway and trail, invests in services offered by the Family Justice Center, and supports refugee resettlement.
Visit https://rotaryclubgi.org/page/we-need-shoes/ and https://www.facebook.com/rotaryclubgi for more information.