Jacksonville, Fl (PRWEB) May 07, 2013
The Jacksonville-based charitable organization, the Restoration Foundation, will be conducting a community-wide shoe collection drive beginning on May 11 - July 15, 2013 to raise funds to build a Jacksonville youth center and establish other programs supporting at-risk youth in the Jacksonville area. The shoe drive also benefits micro-enterprise ventures in developing nations and diverts unwanted shoes from ending up in local landfills.
The Restoration Foundation Shoe Drive begins with a kick-off event at KIA on May 11th, located in Orange Park, 6373 Blanding Boulevard in Jacksonville, starting at 10:00 a.m. and runs through 5:00 p.m. Free hamburgers and hotdogs will be served during the event while supplies last. The public is invited to bring unwanted shoes to donate and join the festivities.
“We are very excited to be conducting this fundraising shoe drive in the Jacksonville area," notes Benjamin Sarver, Chairman of Restoration Foundation. "This campaign will raise funds to provide at-risk youth with a much needed respite from some of the harsh realities of the street. The Restoration Foundation is dedicated to building a Jacksonville youth center and providing a range of activities, programs, classes, counseling and educational support to kids who need help right here in our community. People can easily support our efforts simply by cleaning out their closets and donating their unwanted shoes. The additional advantages of diverting shoes from the waste stream and creating commerce and sustaining peoples’ lives though micro-enterprise ventures in lesser developed countries make this a win-win for everyone,” said Sarver.
"Our goal is to collect 25,000 pairs of shoes during this campaign and the only way we can do that is if people step up and join us, so I am calling on everyone in our community to gather up their unwanted shoes and bring them to one of our collection boxes over the next six weeks."
Individuals can help by donating unwanted shoes at shoe collection boxes throughout the Jacksonville area including:
KIA of Orange Park, 6373 Blanding Boulevard, Jacksonville
FZO Custom Clothiers, 5050 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville
Metro Kids Konnection, 5010 Cleveland Road, Jacksonville
Iglesia Roca de Salvacion (Rock of Salvation Church), 2361 Cortez Road, Jacksonville
Florida State College - Cecil Center North, 5640 New World Avenue, Jacksonville
St. Johns Pointe Apartments, 141 Old Orange Park Road, Orange Park
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, host a collection box, or find out about additional collection locations, may contact Benjamin Sarver by phone at 904-713-5740 or email Benjaminsarver(at)gmail(dot)com.