Schools for Haiti is conducting a shoe collection drive through the end of June to raise funds for schools and orphanages in Haiti.
Schools for Haiti will earn funds based on the number of pairs of shoes collected. The Funds2Orgs organization will purchase all of the donated goods. Those dollars will benefit 800 school children and 100 orphans in Haiti.
Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used or new shoes — work boots to slippers, children’s to adults shoes, sports to dress, as long as they are in wearable condition. The goal is to collect 10,000 pairs of shoes.
Shoes are being collected by Platteville Middle School, Community Evangelical Free Church in Platteville, Livingston United Methodist Church, Montfort United Methodist Church, and Hens and Chicks, Downtown Designs, Anchor Bank and Snap Fitness in Platteville.
Shoes also are being collected at Cassville schools, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore, River Valley Christian Church in Cassville, Fill My Cup Coffee Shop in Cassville, and the YMCA in Dubuque. Shoes are being collected by Cassville Girl Scouts and Brownies and Cassville homemakers groups.
Funds2Orgs helps impoverished people start, maintain and grow businesses in such countries as Haiti and Honduras and other countries in Central America and Africa. Shoe sale proceeds are used to feed, clothe and house their families.
Schools for Haiti was started by Len Demert of Cassville. Since Demert’s death, family members in Platteville, Cassville and Mineral Point have been running the organization. Carla Flesch, a member of Community Evangelical Free Church, is the director of the organization.
Organizations that want to help in the drive can contact Flesch, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Beth Wruck, email@example.com.