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4-H Foundation launches shoe collection fundraiser

DeKalb County 4-H Foundation is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser from now until Nov. 15 to raise funds for DeKalb County 4-H.

The 4-H Foundation will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected, as Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the collected shoes. Those dollars will benefit 4-H members, volunteers and clubs in DeKalb County. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used or new shoes at the University of Illinois Extension office located in the DeKalb County Farm Bureau building.

All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds­2Orgs network of micro-enterprise (small business) partners.

Funds2Orgs works with micro-­entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited.

Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.

“We are excited about our shoe drive,” Lisa Govig, 4-H Foundation treasurer, said in a news release. “We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us. By doing so, we raise money for 4-H, and we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

The shoes donated to the DeKalb County 4-H Foundation will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives around the world.

Shoes can be dropped off between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois Extension office, 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore. For questions, call the office at 815-758-8194.

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