This is a great project. Your used
shoes can create water for the families and communities in
Kenya, South America, and Haiti.
Why should we collect
The secondhand shoes are a valuable product
for street vendors to sell at affordable prices.
Funds generated from the selling of the
shoes provide well drilling rigs, water purification systems,
and hand pump repair. People who thirst receive fresh
The people that purchase the shoes are
those who do not have shoes and cannot afford to purchase
The shoes protect the new owner’s feet
from foot abrasions, parasites and mites.
How Can You Help?
You can bring shoes to the shoeless and water
to the thirsty by making a shoe donation.
below patch program to earn your patch.
1) Host a Shoe Drive or collect within your group!
Use the easy online form to request a
shoe drive kit, print a donation
tax receipt for your records, and get started today!
2) Start collecting your change or have a donation jar
at your shoe drive to pay for the postage to mail the shoes
to Missouri. You can also choose to donate a portion of your
group funds to pay for the postage. If you live in Missouri,
drop them off at one of the local drop offs.
3) Collect the shoes from family and friends. Gather
the shoes you no longer wear and pair them by tying laces
together or putting a rubber band around them.
4) Make sure the shoes you collect are in good condition.
The shoes must be in good condition without holes. No
dirt on the shoes.
Any style of shoe is needed – from high heels to tennis shoes
to flip flops.
5)Locations collecting: Click
here for locations of drop offs or mail them to the headquarters
at the following address:
Shoeman Water Projects
1603 Manufacturers Drive
Fenton, MO 63026
If you collected a large quantity of shoes, over 10,000,
and don’t see a location near you, please call them at 877-709-SHOE
(7463). They may be able to find a way to pick up your shoes!
6) After you have shipped or dropped off your shoes in Missouri
then you can order your patch for participating in this wonderful
- Please note: In order to assist and make this project
successful the shoes need to get to the Shoeman Water Projects
Ideas on how to get started:
You can offer the participants a tax receipt for their
donations of shoes to this cause. Click
here for the receipt to print for your records.
Involve the members
of any organization or clubs you may belong to start a
shoe drive. Also have the participants collect their change
to donate for shipping to Missouri. If you are local then
you can drop them off at one of their locations. Click
here for locations of drop offs.
If you are a teacher, scout leader, day
care provider. use this as a project for your children
to challenge them to collect
as many shoes in good condition but can be used. Offer
a certificate for the most collected. It can also assist
them in math skills by counting the shoes.
Ask you local
churches if they are collecting shoes
for this cause or if you can place a box in the foyer
to collect shoes for those in need.
Have everyone bring
in their change or funds they collect in a month
for the cause to assist in paying for the shipping or
to make a donation in the name of your organization.
Have an event
and ask them to donate shoes.