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Winchester CP Senior Mission Team accepting donations until Nov. 30
The 2014 seniors in the youth group at Winchester Cumberland Presbyterian Church are collecting shoes of any size, style and condition to generate funds for their mission trip to Haiti in April 2014.
But how exactly does collecting shoes help in sending a group of teenagers to Haiti?
Well, the shoes collected will be shipped to Funds2Orgs, a social enterprise that gives organizations funds for their cause in return for items donated.
In this particular case, the Winchester CPC youth group will be receiving funds based on the number of pounds of shoes donated.
“What is really cool about this effort is all the shoes collected will go to benefit folks in Haiti in efforts to employ the Haitian people and offer affordable shoes so that they can go to work and school,” Youth Minister B.J. Mathis explained.
According to the Funds2Orgs website, its mission is to provide solutions to engaging volunteers and create powerful events that drive funds for nonprofit organizations by collecting, distributing and re-purposing discarded articles, such as shoes, clothing, purses, cell phones and other electronic goods.
In learning about Funds2Orgs, Winchester CPC youth group chose to focus on collecting shoes and has already seen a tremendous outpouring of donations from schools, as well as other churches and organizations in the community.
“Local schools and clubs have been very supportive,” Emilee Singer, a member of the Winchester CPC’s Senior Mission Team, said. “We have drop boxes for shoes at several schools and local churches and we really appreciate everyone working with us.”
Singer added the mission trip to Haiti would actually be her very first one.
“I’m really excited to get to go,” she said.
Grant Gipson, another youth going to Haiti, said he’s also eager to go on the trip and help the less fortunate in Haiti.
“I’ve been on mission trips before but this will be my first international mission trip,” Gipson said.
Although the youth have already collected numerous bags loaded down with shoes, they still need more to reach their goal.
“Our original goal was 300 bags,” Mathis said. “We still need a lot of help in making that, but we’ve definitely had a great start.”
The Cumberland Presbyterian Mission Team will continue collecting shoes until Nov. 30.
Whether they’re used heels, boots, sneakers, slippers or cleats, the youth group wants any and all unwanted shoes. The only stipulation is that they must be a pair —please don’t donate just a single shoe.
For more information about Funds2Orgs visit www.funds2orgs.com.
Anyone who’d like to donate shoes can do so at the Winchester Cumberland Presbyterian Church located at 200 2nd Avenue in Winchester.
The youth group is also willing to pick up any shoes to be donated. To coordinate a pick up, call the church at (931) 967-2121 or reach BJ Mathis at email@example.com.