In the US alone, approximately 600 million pairs of shoes are thrown away each year. The materials used to manufacture shoes are created from chemical compounds, the kind that will create health hazards if left to disintegrate openly or in landfills.

In countries with no public assistance available on any level, coupled with great poverty, there are so many families who struggle. When parents cannot adequately feed, clothe, or pay for education, one of two things typically happens – the children are either placed in an orphanage or simply abandoned and left to fend for themselves as the parents leave to search for a source of income in other villages. Many children become the “garbage dump kids” and/or victims of predators. Funds2Org helps to redistribute shoes we collect from you to impoverished people to start, maintain, and grow a unique microenterprise business opportunity so that they may feed, clothe, and house their families.

Help BackPack Beginnings keep shoes out of our landfills and keep families together. Look in your closet, kids’ closets, parent’s closets, friends’ closets and collect unused shoes and donate them to BackPack Beginnings! We are collecting all types of shoes! Men’s, women, children, sandals, heels, boots you name them, we can use them to help a child in need.

We will keep the best children’s shoes for our clothing pantry and the rest will go to Fund2Org. They pay us for the shoes and will distribute to 3rd world countries. With the money earned, we will buy SMOD (Standard Mode of Dress) clothing for the children in need in the 38 Guilford County schools that require SMOD.

The BackPack Beginnings Shoe Drive runs from Tuesday, July 1, 2014 through Wednesday, October 1, 2014. We have a BPB Shoe Drive Tool Kit with instructions, tips and flyers to help you create a successful shoe drive. For more information about the BackPack Beginnings Shoe Drive, please contact Kellie Gallerani at clothingpantry@backpackbeginnings.org.

Let’s keep shoes out of landfills and place them on deprived children’s feet!

Written on 7/29/2014 by Blogger Tanya Smith