Shoes Lead to a Hopeful Future in Africa

Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 is conducting a shoe collection drive now to raise funds in an effort to sponsor a child in Malawi, Africa.

Students and staff earn funds based on the pairs of shoes collected, Funds2Orgs, the program sponsoring the shoe drive will purchase all of the donated goods. Those dollars will assist in sponsoring a child through World Vision.

Anyone can help by bringing gently worn, used or new shoes to the middle school.

All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise partners in developing nations.  Funds2Orgs helps impoverished people start, maintain and grow businesses in countries such as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa. Proceeds from the shoe sales are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.

“We are excited about both our shoe drive and ultimately helping a child in Malawi,” said Heather McCarthy, a seventh-grade teacher.

McCarthy will travel to Malawi this summer to meet the community’s sponsored child.

“We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like donate to us and help those less fortunate become self-sufficient.  It’s a win-win for everyone,” added McCarthy.

By donating shoes to Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives.

Story submitted by Heather McCarthy.