My Key Club and Sponsoring Kiwanis Club (each Key Club is assigned a Kiwanis club that provides them with an adviser and financial support) recently participated in a project called Shoes With Heart. For the project we collected shoes for third world countries. I wanted to share this project with you for several reasons:
- The project aids people in third world countries gain some financial footing by providing them with a business. After the shoe are collected, they are sold for a couple of cents to a mirco-entrepreneur in one of 25 countries. These families clean and sell the shoes for profit.
- It’s an easy and quick way to help our environment. It can take the sole of your shoe 1,000 years to decompose, and as they do, they emit toxins into the air.
- You or your club can make quick money that you can either keep or donate.
- You don’t have to ask for money. I usually avoid fundraisers because I don’t like asking for money, even if I’m selling something. For me, it was much easier to ask my friends and family if they had a pair of shoes they no longer wear.
Here’s how Shoes with Heart works:
- Organize a team of volunteers who will find shoe donors and collect shoes from them. I acted as a volunteer for this project, appointed by my Kiwanis adviser. My donors included my fellow Key Club members, friends outside of the club, and my family.
- Sign up with Shoes with Heart to begin.
- After you sign-up, shoes with heart sends you all the supplies you will need. This includes plastic bags and rubber bands to put the shoes in, flyer templates, and a coach.
- Collect shoes. This is the important part. Our team collected around 150 shoes in a little over a month.
- Donate the shoes- also very important.
- Collect your check and decide what to do with money. The organization pays you based on total weight of shoes collected.