Diane Baldwin, pastor at Georgetown-Chunchula United Methodist Church, said that the church is collecting at least 5,000 pairs of used shoes to raise funds for the Georgetown church ministries while benefiting microenterprise ventures in developing nations such as Haiti and Ghana. (The organizarion collecting and distributing the shoes gives the church a certain dollar amount per pound for the shoes.)
"We are also keeping old shoes out of local landfills," Rev. Baldwin said. Residents can help by donating their used sneakers, heels, sandals, boots, cleats, slippers and other types of shoes in every size. All donated shoes will be redistributed to microenterprise partners and used in developing nations for impoverished people to start, maintain, and grow a unique business opportunity to feed, clothe, and house their families.
"Please clean out your closets, ask your family and friends and donate your shoes today. We will pick up donations of at least 25 pairs in Mobile County," Baldwin said. Donation receipt available upon request.
For information or to make a donation, contact Rev. Diane Baldwin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 251-243-2649.