YWCA exceeds shoe collection goal - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

YWCA exceeds shoe collection goal

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FLINT (WJRT) - (04/30/14) - Collecting 7,500 shoes is quite a goal, but the YWCA of Greater Flint exceeded that expectation.

It's all thanks to community members who stepped up to help.

"We are collecting shoes," said Amy Warner, of the Greater Flint YWCA.

Bags, and bags and bags of shoes.

"It's been crazy," Warner said.

All donated to the YWCA of Greater Flint by people and organizations in the community.

"The community support is overwhelming," Warner said.

The YWCA put out the call for all unwanted shoes at the beginning of April. The shoes will be sent overseas for refurbishing and resale in developing countries.

"I'm a little giddy about it. I dance around with shoes all day at the Y," Warner said.

The goal was to collect 7,500 pairs of shoes. Donations came in at a steady pace, but ABC12 helped spread the word and things picked up - a lot.

"We had over 2,000 come in in the last five days, we have well over 10,000 pairs of shoes gathered now," Warner said.

A truck will have to make a couple of trips to collect all of the bags of shoes that were collected and brought into the YWCA. The bags of shoes will bring in some much needed money for the organization's programs.

"We get 40 cents a pound, so all of the shoes we get gathered down there will render between $3,000 and $4,000," Warner said.

Money that will help women in Mid-Michigan battling domestic violence and sexual assault.

"The money will go to fund the programs and the services that we offer here at the YWCA," Warner said.

All thanks to generous people in Mid-Michigan.

"It's amazing," Warner said.

The shoe donation drive was created in partnership with funds2orgs.com.
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