The Fort Knox chapter recently completed a used shoe drive with outstanding results! Over 600 pairs of shoes were collected from chapter members, their friends and families. Condition was not a factor; as long as they came in pairs the chapter would accept them and for a great cause. The collected shoes were donated to the Shoeman Water Project who gives them a second life by selling them to exporters and retailers in the developing world. Money from the sale of the shoes is used to purchase well drilling rigs, water filtration systems, and other supplies to bring clean, fresh water to those who thirst. The Sole Power of donated shoes collected resulted in the purchase of 4 water-well drilling rigs, more than 250 wells drilled serving more than 200,000 people, as well as water purification system installations and well pump repairs serving clinics, schools and villages across the globe.
The collected shoes were temporarily stored, with lots of air freshener, in an unused cubicle area before being boxed up and shipped out. As you can see from the photo, the shoes soon took on a life all their own!
Fort Knox ASMC members digging their way through the more than 1200 shoes were: front row: Vivian Kinkade, Carole King, Kathy Sisco, and Brenda Elmore, Community Service Chair; back row: Donna Frazier, Jane Fields, Gale Crocker, and Doris Montgomery.