Marshall FFA collecting used shoes

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Marshall FFA is collecting used shoes now through Friday, January 20.

The shoes will be donated to the Shoeman Water Projects in conjunction with Soles4Souls.

Shoes can be brought to the Saline County Career Center Office between the hours of 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. during the week.

The Shoeman Water Project organization will pick up the donated used shoes and export them to retailers in developing countries.

The resale of the shoes provides jobs and affordable footwear, according to Marshall FFA advisor Callie Dobbins.

Funds generated from the export of the shoes provides well drilling rigs, water purification systems and hand pump repair to help bring clean, fresh water to developing countries.

From August of 2008 through June of 2011 Shoeman Water Projects has collected over 1.5 million pairs of shoes resulting in the purchase of 4 water-well drilling rigs and more than 250 wells drilled serving more than 200,000 people in Kenya.

This is the second time that the Marshall FFA has collected used shoes for the Soles4Souls organization.

Two years ago 1,200 pairs were collected from Marshall High School students and the Marshall community.

"We would love to beat our previous total," said Dobbins.

For questions, call Dobbins at 886-6958.