Clean out your closet for a good cause!
Peggy Rabin, owner of Jasper’s Daisy Boutique, is sponsoring a fund raiser for the Pickens Arts and Cultural Alliance. Rabin will be collecting donations of gently worn men’s and women’s shoes until August 1. Lindsey Hannah, owner of 53 Market, has joined Rabin in the fundraising drive; her store in Tate is also a collection site.
'We are excited about our shoe drive," said Rabin. '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 Pickens Arts and Cultural Alliance, and we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It's a win-win for everyone."
Rabin will ship all the shoes to funds2orgs, which will pay her for the donated shoes based on weight. These funds will go to the Pickens Arts and Cultural Alliance.
Funds2orgs sells the shoes to micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries for a nominal fee. The micro-entrepreneurs re-sell the shoes in hopes of raising a small living wage. Instead of ending up in a landfill the shoes are re-purposed to benefit both local organizations and micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries. 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 her son to law school.
If you’ve got some boots meant for walking, last year’s fancy slides or the extra pair of slippers from last Christmas, head to Daisy Boutique at 35 South Main Street, in Jasper or 53 Market at 4865 Hwy 53 in Tate. For more information, call Peggy Rabin at 706-253-6996. For information about funds2orgs go to funds2orgs.com