We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Owners and managers of self storage facilities are very charity minded. They do all that they can to support their communities and charitable organizations. StorageMart in Missouri is a perfect example of such benevolent work.
StorageMart in Columbia and Jefferson City, Missouri, partnered with Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc., and the Shoeman Water Projects in supporting a shoe drive. New and gently used shoes were donated and stored in a StorageMart facility. All sorts of shoes, boots, sandals, and even slippers were donated. All of those shoes filled a 150 square foot storage unit until they could be sorted.
StorageMart employees spent a day last week sorting, pairing, and bagging the shoes. Nearly 3,700 pairs were donated. It took 5 hours to bag the shoes – which meant a pace of about 740 shoes per hour. There were over 4,000 pounds of shoes – which means there were over two tons of shoes! Bagged and sorted, they filled a 10-foot moving van.
Iva and Richard Presberry of Hope for Caribbean Kids were on hand for the sorting and bagging. They are co-founders of Hope for Caribbean Kids. Incorporated in January 2003, Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc., is a Christian not-for-profit organization that strives to improve the lives and welfare of the children of Haiti.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. It is the most “food-insecure” country in the Western Hemisphere and the second most insecure in the world. Hope for Caribbean Kids strives to make changes and to improve the lives of those who live in this country.
Since 1998, George Hutchings has repeatedly visited Kenya taking over 21,000 meals for orphans, $2 million in medical supplies, dental labs, and neurosurgeons for pediatric facial reconstructions. In 2008, he founded Shoeman Water Projects. Since that time, 4 water-well drilling rigs have been purchased and more than 250 wells drilled. Over 200,000 people have benefitted from his efforts to supply clean drinking water to villages in Kenya and Haiti.
The Shoeman Water Projects collects new or gently used shoes, exports them to street vendors in countries such as Haiti, Kenya, and South America. Funds generated from exporting the shoes provide well drilling rigs, water purification systems, and hand pump repairs.
“Two Tons of Shoe Storage Turns In To Water for Haiti.” StorageMart; 29 April 2013.