Submitted by Barbara Lewis
The public is invited to participate in a shoe drive to raise funds for continuing programs, such as children’s art classes, workshops, shows and events at the gallery. Donations of gently worn, used and new shoes will be accepted. The amount of money raised is determined by the total weight of the shoes collected.
All donated shoes will be redistributed to microenterprise partners, and used in developing nations for impoverished people to start their own businesses. In Haiti a single mother was able to earn enough through this endeavor to send her son to law school.
October 27, the gallery will host a “Kick off your Shoes” event from 4 til 7. Bring your shoe donations, sign up for a door prize and enjoy refreshments! If unable to attend, your shoes may be dropped off through November 30 at the Mena Art Gallery, Wild Hare Art Glass Studio or Century 21.
In the US alone, over 600 million pairs of shoes are thrown away per year. The materials used to manufacture a pair of shoes are created from chemical compounds that will create health hazards if left to disintegrate openly or in landfills. By donating your gently worn, used and news shoes to the MENA ART GALLERY, your shoes are given a second chance to make a difference.