Keep Calcasieu Beautiful has announced a local effort to achieve the largest shoe recycling initiative in history. They are urging citizens to donate used shoes at various businesses and organizations so that they can be distributed to those who need shoes all over the world.
The local group is teaming up with Soles4Souls and will place collection boxes at various businesses and local organizations for people to donate shoes.
Any kind of shoe can be donated, as long as it can still be worn as is. The drive runs from October 20 through November 18. Watch for Soles4Souls donation boxes at a variety of locations.
Officials say most of the world's people do not have one adequate pair of shoes, while an estimated 1.5 billion pairs of shoes are hidden away in American closets. They say Soles4Souls can make a difference in the lives of more than 300 million people throughout the world.
More organizations and businesses are encouraged to participate. To become a partner call Julie Fay at 721-3594. Keep Calcasieu Beautiful is an organization of the Calcasieu Police Jury and Keep America Beautiful. The effort will help keep old shoes from winding up in landfills.
Shoe Recycling Campaign Partners so far include:
Calcasieu Police Jury, Stines Lumber, Southwest La. Credit Bureau, Citgo, EDS, Port of Lake Charles, U.S. Coast Guard, First United Methodist Church, Family and Youth Counseling, Signature Salons, Calcasieu Parish Public Libraries, First Federal Bank, Dynamic Dimensions, City of Sulphur - City Hall, West Cal-Cam Hospital, Business Health Professionals, Banners, United Way, All-State.