Quota Club holding shoe drive this month and next

Quota International of Bristol is conducting a shoe collection drive during the months of March and April of 2014. Quota is a non-profit club that works with those less fortunate in Bristol and surrounding towns, by helping disadvantaged women and children, providing scholarship and volunteering at a local soup kitchen. Individuals can help by donating gently worn, used shoes, sneakers, and boots. The club is accepting footwear for women, men, and children. Drop off points are in Bristol weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at CV Mason & Company, 254 Main St., and Sawe’s Automotive, 9 East St. The club also will pick up shoes. A community drop off day is currently being organized for Saturday, April 29.

In the U.S. alone, approximately 630 million pairs of shoes are thrown away per year. The materials used to manufacture shoes are created from chemical compounds that will create health hazards if left to disintegrate landfills. By donating your gently worn, used shoes to the Quota Club, your shoes are given a second chance to make a difference. All donated shoes will be redistributed to microenterprise partners and used in developing nations for impoverished people to start, maintain, and grow a unique business opportunity to feed, clothe, and house their families. The additional advantages of diverting shoes from the waste stream to create commerce and sustainability in peoples’ lives make this a win-win for everyone.

The goal is to collect 7,500 pairs of shoes. The only way the club can do that is if community members step up and help. The Quota Club is calling on everyone to clean out their unwanted shoes and donate them to us.

For more information or to contact the club to pick up shoes, call Gerry or Dana at (860)583-4127.