YWCA wants to collect thousands of shoes before end of April - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

YWCA wants to collect thousands of shoes before end of April

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FLINT (WJRT) - (04/22/14) - A Mid-Michigan community group hopes to pull off an impressive "feat".

It's an effort meant to help others, while giving back to the city of Flint at the same time.

The YWCA of Greater Flint is setting its sites on a lot of leather. The Y wants to collect 7,500 pairs of shoes before the end of the month.

"We are collecting shoes for men's, children's, babies. They can be any kind of shoes from cleats, work boots, flip flops, sandals, any kind. They can be worn, gently worn, really worn or brand new," said Amy Warner, of the Greater Flint YWCA.

That's a lot of "sole", and the boxes and bags are piling up fast. So, just where are they headed?

"Funds2.org will collect the shoes and they are used to create micro-enterprises in developing countries. So, they're taken there and they're cleaned and fixed up and sold in the local marketplaces to raise money in their communities," Warner said.

The agency will receive 40 cents for each of the 7,500 pairs, raising $3,000.

"That money will go to fund the programs and services brought to you by the YWCA, like the Safe House, which is a domestic violence shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and Nina's Place Transitional Living Center for young women who age out of the foster care system," Warner said.

It's a creative way to to put those shoes to good use,after someone else has walked a mile - or many more - in them.
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