The E.O.C. – Essential Oil Center Launches Shoe Drive Fundraiser
Written by WBTA STAFF on May 10, 2018
Batavia, NY 2018– The E.O.C. – Essential Oil Center is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser from 4/13/2018- 6/10/2018 to raise funds for a Uganda Mission Trip in September 2018. The E.O.C. co-founder Michelle Gillard will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected, as Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the collected shoes. Those dollars will benefit the Uganda Mission Trip that Michelle Gillard will be serving on in September. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at the Artisan Vendor Carnival at Batavia Downs Gaming from 10am-4pm or by contacting Michelle at 585-297-0779 for pickup at any time. If you or your organization feel you can collect 25 pairs of shoes, contact Michelle and she can provide you with the materials to collect them.
All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise (small business) partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.
“We are so excited about this shoe drive,” said Michelle Gillard. “We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us. By doing so, we raise money for this great cause, and we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It’s a win-win for everyone. We have already reached 25% of our goal”
By donating gently worn, used and new shoes to the Uganda Mission Trip the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives around the world.
Requirements for Shoes:
Shoes must be new or gently used. They should be clean, no rips, no tears and soles must be attached. If possible each pair should be tied or rubber banded together. Kids & adults shoes are accepted. Sneakers, shoes (even heels), boots and sandals are all acceptable.
About Uganda Mission Trip:
Michelle Gillard became involved with the organization Sole Hope a couple years ago. What started as an individual fundraiser to help Sole Hope has turned into a heartfelt passion to help others on multiple levels. Join us in supporting two great causes, Funds2Orgs and Sole Hope and the people of Uganda. Michelle will be traveling to Uganda in September for her first of what she hopes is many mission trips where she will be serving in the slums and orphanages.
Michelle Gillard, Co-Founder
The E.O.C. – Essential Oil Center