Many households have a few pairs of shoes ordered online that are not quite the perfect fit. Some folks have dress shoes that see a lot less wear these days because of remote working. Others have bought shoes for playing basketball, but only wore them a couple of times before realizing that basketball is a lot harder at 50 years old than it was at 15 years old.
For everyone with gently worn, used or even new shoes that they are willing to donate, The Haven of Manitowoc County is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser through May 30.
The plan is to collect pairs of shoes that will be sent to third-world countries while raising funds for The Heaven at the same time.
Pairs of shoes can be tied or rubber-banded together and dropped off at The Haven, located at 1003 Marshall St. in Manitowoc. Alternate drop-off locations are First Lutheran Church of Manitowoc and Tanya Finch State Farm Insurance of Valders.
The Haven’s goal is to fill 100 bags, each containing 25 pairs of shoes.
Shoes will be sent to Funds2Orgs, a group that will pay for the shoes based on the total weight of the collected shoes. The shoes will head for developing countries that need them, while the money earned will be utilized the fund The Haven’s shelter.
A program consisting of case management, resource referrals and life skills groups is utilized by The Haven to shelter homeless men for up to 90 days while offering them an opportunity to regain their independence and self-sufficiency.
More information can be found at TheHeavenOfManitowoc.org.