Massena Memorial Hospital Auxiliary members collected the 100th bag of shoes for the organization’s shoe drive. Shoes have been donated by community members and staff alike, keeping shoes out of landfills; all while raising funds for the Auxiliary. In total, over 2500 pairs of shoes have now been collected; ranging from athletic sneakers to boots, high heals and slippers.
The shoe drive began in April, running through the month of May. Collection of the shoes will culminate when a truck arrives from Florida to haul away the shoes. As a result of their efforts, the Auxiliary will receive at least $1,000 for the shoe drive. Funding is based upon the total weight of the shoes collected.
“We are thrilled with the generous response of our community to this project. When we started, we were a bit nervous, hoping we would reach our minimum goal of 100 bags of shoes. Today we surpassed the goal and have now collected 109 bags! We cannot thank our family, friends and neighbors enough for their support”, stated Debra Willer, Auxiliary President.
Shoes that are donated will be sent to third world nations where footwear is not easily attainable or affordable. As of this writing, shoe donations are still being accepted at the hospital, with a collection boxes outside of the gift shop on the lower level, as well as outside of the Public Relations offices on the main floor. Final collection of the shoes will be mid-July. Any shoes donated must be free of holes, mold and not have peeling soles.