Shoes With Heart

Shoes with heart, fundraiser



Hey guys,

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Sign up with Shoes with Heart to begin.
  3. 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.
  4. Collect shoes. This is the important part. Our team collected around 150 shoes in a little over a month.
  5. Donate the shoes- also very important.
  6. Collect your check and decide what to do with money. The organization pays you based on total weight of shoes collected.

I hope you all give the fundraiser a try either with your school, church, or by yourself. The project was super easy, and helps out many families that are stuck in the circle of poverty. Let us know if you try it.

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