The Massena Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s Shoe Drive has officially ended, as the loading agent from Funds2orgs picked up the bags of shoes on Thursday morning. With the help of the community, the MMH Auxiliary collected 129 bags of shoes and exceeded their initial goal. Members of the Massena Police Department, Massena Fire Department, Massena Recreation Commission and Massena Boys Varsity Basketball Team even helped with the loading of the bags of shoes into the moving truck.
The impact of the MMH Auxiliary’s Shoe Drive is far-reaching, benefiting local communities and others across the world. With 25 pairs of shoes in each bag, the Auxiliary collected over 3000 pairs of shoes to be sent to Third World countries. Shoes will be kept out of our landfills, and they will be given to those in need. The Auxiliary will receive funds based on the total weight of the shoes collected and expects this figure to be around $1,200. These funds will allow the Auxiliary to continue to provide donations for equipment upgrades and patient gifts, among the many other ways they contribute to the hospital.
The MMH Auxiliary is extremely grateful to the community for their support and for helping the Auxiliary exceed their goal of collecting 100 bags. Julianne Fowler, MMH Auxiliary Treasurer, said “This was our first attempt at a shoe drive, and we really didn't know what to expect. We are thrilled at the response we received from both the Massena Memorial Hospital family and the community. Thanks to everyone who donated shoes, it was a success! And we will certainly consider doing another shoe drive in the future.”
Josh Hammons, the loading agent for Funds2orgs, even felt that the MMH Auxiliary and our community did a great job with the Shoe Drive. He said, “In my experiences I have found that anyone who collects over 100 bags has done really well. I have also realized that smaller communities tend to do much better than city areas. It must be because of how close and supportive people are when they are part of a small community.”