Amanda and David (UT) are hoping to adopt two children soon via domestic adoption. But, as we well know, that can be expensive. They knew that a friend of theirs in Southern California had helped a member of her church congregation gather shoes to raise money for an international adoption and decided that kind of project would work for them.
Here's how it works: Amanda and David, along with many of their friends, collect donations of gently used shoes. They can take any type of shoe - boots, flip-flops, high heels, tennis shoes, athletic shoes, dressy, casual, men's, women's, and children's. As long as there aren't any gaping holes and the shoes match they can accept them. The shoes are then purchased by a third party. As Amanda says, "You declutter, we earn much needed adoption money AND the shoes go to third world countries. WIN, WIN and WIN!!!" Boots are especially welcome, since they will earn 70 cents per pound of shoes collected.
Amanda and David have set a goal to collect 40,000 shoes this month to raise the funds they need. They've made huge strides toward that goal by getting the word out through Facebook, distributing flyers, and getting a writeup in a newspaper. Business owners stepped forward to set up donation boxes at their locations and even offered discounts to customers that donated shoes. They've also had a few schools hold drives for Valentines parties, as an Honor Society service project, and as a competition between two schools to see which cheerleading squad can gather the most shoes. One of their biggest helps is a large team of volunteers eager to help. They have 21 drop-off locations in 10 states spread from California to Georgia.
"It has been miraculous... To me it was a testament that if you open your heart, the heavens open. It all just fits together," Amanda said.
If you'd like to learn more about their story, or find out where you can donate shoes to their fundraiser (through the end of March), you can visit their blog, Laces For Love.
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