Members of the MVHS Vocal Recall advanced choir bag shoes collected from the drive: From left, back row, Nicole Duchaine, Annie Hood, Yara Ammar, Melanie Palacios Beltran and Casey Zanowic; middle row, Mark Rivera and Zachariah Pifer; front row, Erica Bartell, Laura Schmechel, Denilson Zapata, and Gopika Patel.
The Mount Vernon High School Choral Boosters are conducting a shoe drive fundraiser through Dec. 20 to raise funds for the activities of the choir programs. The boosters will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected. Anyone can help by donating shoes at the collection box located outside of Door 4 at the school (across from the football field).
The boosters are partnering with a group called Funds2orgs. All donated shoes will be redistributed through a group called Funds2Orgs which works with micro-entrepreneurs to help 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.
"We are excited about our shoe drive," said Judi Belzer, director of Choirs at Mount Vernon High School. “People often have extra shoes in their closets and we hope that they will donate them to us. The Chorus Boosters hope to raise money to support the choral students and programs here at Mount Vernon and we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It's a win-win for everyone.”