Habitat for Humanity collecting shoes for fundraiser.

March 11, 2015

AMBER TWP. — Habitat for Humanity of Mason County, in partnership with Community Recycling, is collecting gently used shoes, that will be sent to new owners around the world. From South America and Africa to areas in the United States, the recycled shoes will go to help people and communities in over 50 countries.

Through ShoeBox Recycling’s SoleMate Note initiative, recyclers are urged to include a “SoleMate” note along with their recycled shoes telling their shoes’ new owner where they came from, what they were used for, or even any special memories attached to them. In return, the recipient can write back to complete the SoleMate connection.

“We are thrilled to become a part of this meaningful fundraising program that encourages our community to take local action to support a larger global movement.” said Jamie Healy, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Mason County. “In addition to the social and environmental impact of our recycling efforts, we will be raising much needed funds to support our home building projects.

Community Recycling is a for-profit recycler of shoes. With over 300 million pairs of reusable shoes hitting landfills each year, the company seeks to change the way people think about their shoes.

“We want shoe recycling to become habit forming, engaging and rewarding for everyone involved,” said Community Recycling President Ira Baseman. “Our partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Mason County is a great way to get that message out. ShoeBox Recycling not only helps people around the world but also works to inspire a new generation of recyclers right here in our own communities.”

Shoes can be dropped off at the Habitat for Humanity Restore, 3408 West US 10-31; Exit Realty, 401 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington or the United Methodist Church of Ludington, 5810 Bryant Rd, Pere Marquette Twp. Anyone with questions may contact Jamie Healy at 231-843-7888 or hfhmason@habitatforhumanity.biz.

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