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Drive-through shoe drop-off Sunday to benefit Edison football team

Contributed THEY WANT SHOES! — From left, Abby Hanlin, Mendy Eisnaugle, Donna Corder and Donna Simpson are part of the Wildcat Mom Squad that supports the Edison High School football team. An upcoming fundraiser is a new and used shoe drive-through that will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday in the first parking lot at the high school in Richmond. Types of shoes accepted are athletic, sneakers, boots, flats, sandals, dress shoes and loafers but not heels, wedges, snow boots, fluffy slippers and metal cleats.

RICHMOND — The Edison High School football team is hosting an Angel Bins new and used shoe drive to raise funds for the season.

The drive-through event will be held at the high school in the first parking lot from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

“We are asking for new or gently worn shoes,” explained Donna Corder, who is in charge of the event. “Types accepted are athletic, sneakers, boots, flats, sandals, dress shoes and loafers.” Not being accepted are heels, wedges, snow boots, fluffy slippers and metal cleats.

Volunteers will be holding signs and directing drop-offs, according to Corder. “It’s literally drive-through. We can unload shoes for people.”

The shoes are given to Angel Bins in Los Angeles. They donate the shoes and pay us per pound,” Corder noted. According to its website, Angel Bins works with micro-entrepreneurs across the globe, recycling, washing and exporting the shoes to developing nations. “When you host an Angel Bins shoe drive fundraiser, you are giving someone the opportunity to walk in your shoes,” the website notes. “Micro-entrepreneurs repair and resell the shoes to their local villages and communities, giving them the opportunity to provide for their families.”

The shoes collected are processed in our Los Angeles warehouse for export to various countries in South America, Central America and Africa.

“There, we work with businesses where we create thousands of jobs for micro-entrepreneurs who resell, repair and repurpose the shoes as a means of supporting their families. It’s an amazing way to help people become self-sufficient and get them out of the poverty trap and on to a brighter path.”

According to its website, Angel Bins was born on April 7, 2012, and year to date, has helped approximately more than 3,500 charities raise more than $2.5 million for their programs.

“Angel Bins has been honored to work with so many incredible charities for the last eight years. Our goal is to reach as many charities as possible looking for an easy, nothing to buy or sell program to raise lots of money for their programs. In doing so, they’re providing those in need the means to not only create jobs, but also have someone else walk in their shoes.”

For information, contact Corder at donna.corder374@frontier.com or (740) 512-3066.

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