People are often required to do more than one thing—or multi-task. Sometimes it is because need and time restrictions demand it. Other times it is because they are bored and need the added distraction. When it came to the shoe drive that a Missouri self storage company just completed it was neither.
They simply want to get all they can and more out of the donations that they received.
For the last month the good people at StorageMart Self Storage in Missouri encouraged people to donate shoes. The purpose wasn’t to benefit just one charity though. They wanted to help two.
First up was the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption, the state agency in charge of placing children in foster homes and/or find them a new home. These kids often go forgotten by mainstream society so the idea was to remind people that they are indeed still there, and that these ‘forgotten souls’ are still in need of their help and/or a home.
So what did they do? They took all 4800 pairs of shoes and lined them up side by side on the steps of the state capitol as a visual reminder of the many kids that could use a home.
“The Shoe In for Foster Care event was a unique opportunity for CMFCAA to visually represent the more than 10,000 children and youth currently living in foster care in the State of Missouri,” CMFCAA Program Director Nicole Elliott said. “The goal was to advocate for, raise awareness of and find forever families for Missouri’s foster children….”
According to Elliot the shoes did their job.
“…We were excited to see so many people come out to support us and were thrilled at how many people stopped and asked how they could best make a difference in a child’s life.”
The idea wasn’t just to collect the shoes and turn them in to some kind of abstract street art. StorageMart also wanted to help kids in Haiti and Kenya. Once the display at the state capitol was over the shoes were collected so that they could be sent to the aforementioned countries.
There, through the Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc. and the Shoeman Water Project, the shoes are to be sold with the money going to construct schools and develop clean water programs.
“We were grateful for the opportunity to play a role in an event which will not only benefit local communities, but also create a ripple effect across the world,” StorageMart Marketing Director Sarah Little said.
The company had hoped to collect over 10,000 pairs, but their final tally of 4800 was significantly more than the 3700 collected the year before.
“Shoe In for Foster Care” Lines Missouri Capitol with 4,800 Shoes.” Storage Mart; 22 May 2014.
“Shoe In For Foster Care” Aims for 10,000 Shoes.” PRWeb; 08 April 2014.