WINSTON COUNTY - Free State Four Paws, Inc., wants your shoes, and not for the dozens of dogs they rescue and shelter to use as chew toys.
The non-profit is collecting gently worn, used and new shoes throughout the month of July as a fundraiser for micro-enterprises, which take the donated shoes and gives them to small, family-run businesses in primarily third-world countries, where they are repurposed and sold. The micro-enterprise movement helps many struggling families financially, and also help non-profits such as Free State Four Paws raise much needed money.
Drop-off locations for shoes are set up in the following areas of Winston County:
Arley: Mrs. Smirks, Smith Lake Flea Market & Vintage Mall;
Double Springs: Double Springs Community Center; Gateway Supermarket (use the donation barrel set up at the store);
Haleyville: Kutter’s Salon; Traditions Florist & Gifts; The Dooley House;
Houston: Houston Grocery.
Free State Four Paws volunteers hope to gather 2,500 pairs of shoes during the fundraiser. The fundraiser will end July 30.
For more information, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, send a message through their Facebook page, Free State Four Paws, Inc. or see any Free State Four Paws member.
Free State Four Paws is an all-volunteer organization that rescues, shelters and rehabilitates dogs from across Winston County, then transports them to out-of-state no-kill shelters, where they are adopted into their forever homes.
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