Collecting shoes of all sizes and types is how Wellington’s Kiwanis Club chapter is taking part in a statewide service project.
The shoes will be donated to people in developing countries. Chapters across Ohio are also collecting new white socks to give to homeless shelters in Cleveland.
Wellington chapter president Brian Burke said socks are a major need in winter but his group decided to focus on shoes.
Every district convention has a major service project. Kiwanis International is a service-oriented organization and this year marks its 100th anniversary since it was founded in 1915.
The group started collecting shoes on June 1 and has gathered roughly 300 to 400 pairs so far.
“Anything that we First World people throw away is much better than what people in the Second and Third World have,” Burke said.
He gave the example of a child wearing crushed two-liter bottles as shoes to show the extreme difference.
Burke said his group didn’t set a goal for how many pairs to donate and thinks anything Kiwanis is able to contribute is a success.
Collection boxes have been left at various locations in town such as Fifth Third Bank, Geyer’s Market, and the Wellington Farmer’s Market at McCormick Middle School. The group plans to continue gathering shoes until Aug. 9.
At that point the group’s members will get the shoes into pairs and prepare to take them to the state convention on Aug. 14 in Beachwood.
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Wellington Kiwanis president Brian Burke poses with his shoes after the meeting on Thursday, July 23.