Humble High School seniors Katie Maxwell, Garrett Normoyle and Vanessa Sanchez are getting ready for their big shoes fundraiser.
Shoes for Grads
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Forget spring cleaning, clean out those closets now and donate, instead of throwing out, all unwanted shoes to Humble High School to help support the Class of 2016 Project Graduation.
The event will take place Saturday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the circle drive in front of Humble High School. Parents who are members of the Humble High School Project Graduation committee will be collecting shoes from the community. It’s an all service donation- drive up, pop the trunk, and the parents will take care of the rest; there is no need to even get out of the car. Shoes will be bundled into groups of 25, placed in bags and then sent to the organization Funds2Orgs. All funds donated to Humble High School Project Graduation will be based on the number of shoes collected, which are purchased by the non-profit Funds2Orgs. “The goal of the Humble High School Project Grad is to collect 300 bags of shoes, which translates to 7,500 pairs of shoes,” said Kathleen Bauer, member of the Humble High School Project Graduation 2016 committee.
All types of shoes are welcome, as long as there are no holes in them or major flaws. Funds2Orgs will then redistribute the shoes to developing countries overseas, where citizens will be taught how to repair and sell the shoes. Funds2Orgs, along with microenterprise partners, will also help citizens start up their own business to help the country's economic status. It’s a repurpose movement. The shoes that are donated will also help support microenterprises in developing nations and reduce what goes into landfills. This is important because the materials used to manufacture a pair of shoes are created from chemical compounds, that can create health hazards if left to disintegrate openly or in landfills.
“We chose this organization because it allows us to give back to other countries,” said Bauer, “it’s a win-win for everyone. We’ll get money back, but help out other countries' economic situation at the same time.”
Any and all donations are welcome, said Bauer. Humble High School Project Graduation could use all the help that they can get from the community to make the 2016 Project Grad a success. The shoes being donated do not have to be washed or clean, just wearable. In the US alone, approximately 630 million pairs of shoes are thrown away per year. By donating gently worn used and new shoes to the Humble High School Project Graduation, your shoes are given a second chance to make a difference. Humble High School is located at 1700 Wilson Road in Humble.
“We appreciate any community support we get from the community. It is greatly needed,” said Bauer.