The Kiwanis of Riverview in partnership with the Kiwanis of Allen Park, Kiwanis International and UNICEF, is hosting a used shoe drive during the month of April.
The Kiwanis sponsored “Builders Club” at Seitz Middle School will be collecting the used shoes to be sent to 18 countries like Haiti and Guatemala. Collection boxes will also be located in the lobbies of Riverview City Hall and the Riverview Police Department.
This old shoe collection program is part of a larger incentive by Kiwanis International called “Project Eliminate.” Project Eliminate is focusing on eliminating maternal/neonatal tetanus in third world countries. MNT kills one baby every fifteen minutes in these deprived countries.
MNT is caused when tetanus spores, found in soil everywhere, come into contact with open wounds during childbirth. The disease strikes the poorest of the poor, the geographically hard to reach and those without healthcare. It can easily be prevented by having a simple vaccination to the mother.
More than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. This will take the dedicated work of UNICEF supported by Kiwanis and other to prevent these unnecessary deaths.
Why old shoes? These shoes are sent to impoverished countries where small businesses are built to refurbish the shoes and sold very inexpensively to the local residents.
The funds raised are used to purchase vaccinations for the mothers and babies. For every five pairs of shoes sold, one child or mother will receive the vaccination.
To assist in this effort the Kiwanis of Riverview are sponsoring an “Old Shoe” drive during the month of April. As stated above collection bins will be located in the lobbies of Riverview City Hall and the Riverview Police Department. The Kiwanis ask that the shoes be clean and no holes in the soles.
If you’d prefer to make a monetary donation, please send your check to the Kiwanis of Riverview, Old Shoe Drive, P.O. Box 2057, Riverview, Mi. 48193