North Cross United Methodist Church Launches Fundraising Shoe Drive to Raise Funds, Support Microenterprise in Developing Nations, and Help the Environment

North Cross United Methodist Church is conducting a shoe collection drive now through June 29th to raise funds for our Children’s Ministry while benefiting microenterprise ventures in developing nations and keeping old shoes out of local landfills. Individuals can help by donating gently worn, used shoes at 1321 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City, Missouri 64118. Shoes can be dropped off anytime from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or you can stop by on our special Shoe Drive Day, Saturday, May 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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 to the North Cross Children’s Ministry, your shoes are given a second chance to make a difference. All donated shoes will be redistributed to microenterprise 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. Our goal is to collect 7,500 pairs of shoes. The only way we can do that is if community members step up and help. We are calling on everyone to clean out their unwanted, gently worn, used shoes and donate them to us. If you, or a local organization, are interested in learning more about this opportunity or have additional questions, please contact Vickie Linch, Director of Children’s Ministry by phone at 816-452-2939 or email at v.linch@northcrossumc.com.

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