Western Nebraska Observer - Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

Local shoe drive helps more than 25 countries and raises funds for community improvements


November 9, 2017

Dakota Kuhns/Western Nebraska Observer

Shoe Drive was a success for the community of Kimball.

Dakota Kuhns/Western Nebraska Observer

135 bags of shoes were collected over the past three months. Last Wednesday was pickup day, volunteers filled Beer and Loathing to help load the shoe bags into the truck, but, of course, it was just loading the shoes that help was needed for. Bags upon bags, boxes or donations, came to the local establishment for the shoe drive, many hours were spent sorting and pairing shoes. Parts in the basement of the bar were packed to the ceiling with bags, once sorted.

"Everything used is being recycled, from shoe boxes to the shoes themself," Heather Entingh of Beer and Loathing said.

Once all loaded, the truck was headed to Kansas City, Mo., then would travel to Miami, Fla., where the shoes would be sorted and then sent to different countries around the world. Funds2Orgs sends shoes to nations like Haiti, Colombia, India, are just a few of the 25 countries they help.

The shoes are repurposed and sent to help millions of people. "At Funds2Orgs we define repurpose as, reusing with a purpose."

The money collected will go towards a new basketball court at Gotte Park.


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