Erie United Methodist Alliance and All God’s Children Ministries Launch Fundraising Shoe Drive to Raise Funds

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The public is invited to participate in a shoe collection drive to benefit Erie United Methodist Alliance and All God’s Children Ministries beginning June 11th.

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Funds raised from the shoe drive will go to assist those who are homeless and those affected by disability while also benefiting microenterprise ventures in developing nations and keeping unwanted shoes out of local landfills.

The Erie United Methodist Alliance (EMUA) and All God’s Children Ministries (AGCM) announced today that they are conducting a shoe collection drive beginning on June 11 to raise funds for their respective ministries. Funds raised from the shoe drive will go to assist those who are homeless and those affected by disability while also benefiting microenterprise ventures in developing nations and keeping unwanted shoes out of local landfills.

In the US alone, approximately 630 million pairs of shoes are thrown away per year. The materials used to manufacture a pair of shoes are created from chemical compounds, the kind that will create health hazards if left to disintegrate openly or in landfills. By donating old shoes to EUMA and AGCM what would have gone into landfills will be given a second chance to make a difference. All donated shoes will be redistributed through microenterprise partners and used in developing nations for impoverished people to start, maintain and grow an enterprise to feed, clothe and house their families.

“We are very excited to be conducting this shoe drive throughout Erie and Crawford Counties, notes Cheryl Davis, executive Director of the Erie United Methodist Alliance "This campaign will raise funds that directly benefit EUMA and All God’s Children Ministries and be used for assisting those who are homeless and those affected by disability. The additional advantages of diverting shoes from the waste stream and creating commerce and sustaining peoples’ lives make this a win-win for everyone,” said Davis. "Our goal is to collect at least 25,000 pairs of shoes and the only way we can do that is if people step up and help so I am calling on everyone in our community to gather up their unwanted shoes and bring them to one of our collection boxes."

Shoe donations can be made at collection boxes in the following locations: Rainbow Connection Thrift Store, 1516 Buffalo Rd., Erie, Greg Thomas Floor Expression, 945 W. 12th St., Erie, PA, Girard Area Industrial Authority, 227 Hathaway St. East, Girard, PA, or at collection boxes located at most United Methodist Churches throughout Erie and Crawford Counties. While gently worn shoes are preferred, shoes will be accepted in all conditions. Individuals, businesses and organizations that would like to participate in the shoe drive or host a collection box may contact Rev. Debbie Hills by phone at 440 812-4624 or email deacon.dhills(at)gmail(dot)com. For additional information, please visit http://www.euma-erie.org/news-events/events/shoe-drive/.

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