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Arbor Health employees launches shoe drive fundraiser

Hospital news | Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Morton, WA., 2019–Arbor Health is partnering with Funds2orgs and is “Kicking” off a shoe drive fundraiser beginning August 5th and will continue through November 4th, 2019. This shoe drive will raise funds to support the needs of our local community. The EAC has created programs like “Coats for Kids” and “Adopt a Family” to provide local families gifts and food during the holidays. The EAC also plans on donating school supplies to local school districts in the fall, continue collecting food for the local food banks as well as support employee sponsored events at Arbor Health. Arbor Health will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected, then Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the collected shoes. Those dollars will benefit the EAC fund to use for supporting their community projects. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes at our main drop off location- Arbor Health Morton Hospital, 521 Adams Avenue, Morton WA., 98356. A collection box is located in the lobby. Several other drop off locations will be posted throughout the community.

All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise (small business) partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.

"We are excited about our shoe drive," said Kim Olive, Human Resources Assistant. "We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us. By doing so, we raise money for the EAC, and in turn have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. “Community Support will be vital in helping us reach our goal – plus it’s a win-win for everyone.” “Take a STEP in the right direction and help us STOMP out poverty – Please DONATE YOUR SHOES!”

By donating gently worn, used and new shoes to the Arbor Health EAC, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives around the world!

About Arbor Health EAC

The Employee Activity Committee at Arbor Health works on several projects a year to raise money and consists of volunteer employees who want to give back to our community and make a difference. In the past they have worked on several different fundraisers at one time. This year they have decided to focus their efforts on a Mega Shoe Drive partnering with Funds2orgs and have declared a goal of collecting 1000 bags (25 pairs each bag) of shoes during the three-month timeframe.

Kim Olive
Arbor Health
Office: 360-496-3697