Isanti Women’s Team holding shoe collection drive

The Isanti Women’s Team (formally the Isanti 3-Day team) is making a difference is conducting a shoe collection drive through June 10 to raise funds for Relay for Life 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 Long Lake Lutheran Church in Isanti.

In the U.S. 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 Isanti Women’s Team, 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.

“We are very excited to be conducting this shoe drive in Cambridge-Isanti,” said Chair Ronda Fenlon. “This campaign will raise funds that directly benefit Relay for Life. The additional advantages of diverting shoes from the waste stream to create commerce and sustainability in peoples’ lives make this a win-win for everyone. 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. I am calling on everyone to clean out their unwanted, gently worn, used shoes and donate them to us.”

If interested in learning more about this opportunity or participating in your own shoe drive, contact Ronda Fenlon at 763-221-0725 or email ronda.fenlon@yahoo.com.

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