The Blaine Fall Dance Team is taking the phrase “Walking a mile in their shoes” a step further. This team comprised of 77 dancers will participate in a shoe drive fundraiser through the end of July. Funds raised go to their Booster Club and help offset costs for the season. More importantly, though, is the opportunity to pay it forward and help thousands of people in need of shoes.
The team is working with an organization called funds2orgs.com. At the end of the shoe drive, funds2orgs.com will collect and weigh all of the donated shoes. The team is given a check based off the weight of the shoes collected. Funds2orgs.com will then send the shoes to communities within developing countries, like Haiti, where they can be sold or traded for goods.
According to funds2orgs.com, shoes are one of the most valuable items to own in Haiti and are a valuable part of their commerce. In Haiti, students are required to have a black pair of shoes in order to attend class. Often times, parents paint shoes black just so their children can attend school. Shoes are also vital in developing countries to prevent disease and infection.
The Blaine Fall Dance Team’s goal is to collect 7,500 pair of gently used or new shoes. The shoes cannot have rips, tears, or holes and the soles must be in tact. They are collecting men’s, women’s, and children’s shoes.
If you would like to donate shoes and help this great cause, they have a drop off location at
Blaine Fire Station #3
11920 Ulysses St. NE
Blaine, MN 55434