Quota International of Bristol is conducting a shoe collection drive during the month of April 2014. Quota is a non-profit club that works with those less fortunate in Bristol and surrounding towns, by helping disadvantaged women & children, providing scholarship and volunteering at a local soup kitchen. Individuals can help by donating gently worn, used shoes, sneakers, and boots. We accept 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 members also will pick up shoes. A community drop off day is being organized for Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CV Mason. Club members will be at the corner of Main and High streets to collect shoes.
In the U.S. alone, a press release from the Quota Club reported, 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, said the release. By donating your gently worn, used shoes to the Quota Club, the release explained, 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 Quota Club’s goal is to collect 7,500 pairs of shoes.
For more information or to contact us to pick up shoes, call Gerry or Dana at (860)583-4127.