Enumclaw’s Sunrise Elementary School is partnering with Funds2Orgs to host a shoe drive later this month through mid-spring.
According to school Parent-Teacher Association board member Tammy Walker, the shoe drive will help the PTA raise funds for events like school field trips, Holiday Reading Night, Family Fun Night, fifth-grade promotion and the end of year barbecue.
The PTA will receive funds based on how many new or gently worn shoes are donated.
Tom Henderson, Funds2Orgs chief fundraising strategist, said Sunrise Elementary will be receiving 40 cents per pound of shoes donated.
On average, a pair of shoes is roughly a pound, given the weight differences between women’s, men’s, and kid’s shoes.
Henderson said the school’s goal is to fill 100 25-pound bags, which will raise approximately $1,000.
All shoes donated will be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network to go to small business partners in developing nations like Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa. Proceeds from the shoe sales are used to feed, clothe and house their families.
“We are excited about our shoe drive,” Walker said. “We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like donate to us and help those less fortunate become self-sufficient. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
The fundraiser will take place from Feb. 22 through April 24. Donations can be dropped off at Grand Central inside the elementary school.