The Kiwanis of Riverview have concluded it’s “Old-Shoe” Drive and it was a complete success.
Mayor Andrew Swift, a Kiwanian since 2004 was quoted as saying, “The Kiwanis were caught totally off guard on the success of the shoe drive. I guess we really shouldn’t be surprised because we are well aware of how generous our community is when we ask for help.”
The Kiwanis sponsored the shoe-drive at Seitz Middle School with the assistance from the Builders Club. There were also drop-off boxes located in the lobbies of Riverview City Hall and the police department.
The Club collected well over 300 pairs of shoes to be combined with those collected by other Downriver Kiwanis Clubs. The drive, led by the Kiwanis of Allen Park and part of the larger Project Eliminate International Program, had (as of the writing of this article) collected almost 3,000 pairs of shoes.
These shoes will be shipped overseas to third-world countries to be refurbished and sold by local businesses. The funds raised will be used to purchase tetanus shots for pregnant women in those countries.