Plant Pride on Parsons is conducting a shoe collection drive on April 1-25 to raise funds for Parsons Avenue Plants while benefiting developing nations and keeping old shoes out of local landfills.
Individuals can help by donating gently worn & used shoes. Please place your shoes and boots in a bag and drop them off on the porch of Kathy Green at 458 E Whittier or Dwight Garner at 895 Beech Street or at a drop box at Schiller Park Recreation Center.
In the US alone, approximately 630 million pairs of shoes are thrown away per year. The materials used to manufacture a pair of shoes are created from chemical compounds that will create health hazards if left to disintegrate openly or in landfills. By donating your gently worn, used shoes, your shoes are given a second chance to make a difference.
All donated shoes will be redistributed to partners through Funds2Orgs and used in developing nations for impoverished people to start, maintain, and grow a unique business opportunity to feed, clothe, and house their families.
The additional advantages of diverting shoes from the waste stream to create commerce and sustainability in peoples’ lives make this a win-win for everyone. The only way we can do that is if community members step up and help. I am calling on everyone to clean out their unwanted, gently worn, used shoes and donate them to us
Dwight E. Garner Cell: (614) 448-8147 firstname.lastname@example.org