Two Tons of Shoe Storage Turns In To Water for Haiti

Last week we had the unique opportunity to spend a day out of the office, but probably work harder than we do in a typical day – and still have a lot of fun doing it.  The StorageMart in Missouri acts as collection points for new and gently used pairs of shoes being donated to those less fortunate and last week we set out to collect and sort out those donations.

To say we were not quite prepared for what we found would be a bit of an understatement.  There were shoes, boots, shoes, sandals, shoes, slippers and more shoes.  By the time we hand sorted out, paired up and bagged all the donations we had filled a 10-foot moving van with more than 4,000 pounds (That’s two tons!) of shoes, comprised of nearly 3,700 individual pairs.

Those shoes will now make their way to Haiti and possibly other developing areas in South America and Africa thanks to the work of two great groups.  Hope for Caribbean Kids works specifically to elevate the lives and welfare of children living in Haiti and the Shoeman Water Project works to bring shoes to those who need them in the Caribbean, South America and Africa as well as funding projects to bring clean, drinkable water to those underdeveloped parts of the world as well.

It was a tiring day, but definitely a rewarding one seeing just how fruitful our donation drive has been.  We were also able to make some new friends in Iva and Richard Presberry of Hope for Caribbean Kids, who teamed up with us to sort through the shoes and took charge of their transport and preparation for being shipped out.

You can find out more about these two great organizations by visiting them online at http://www.hope4caribbeankids.org/ and http://www.shoemanwater.org/.

StorageMart shoe collection

StorageMart and Hope for Caribbean Kids bagged nearly 3,700 pairs of shoes.

storage mart shoe collection

Bagging shoes took about 5 hours. That’s a pace of 740 shoes per hour.

self storage unit

150 square feet of shoes waiting to be paired, bagged and delivered to Shoeman Water Projects.

storage unit packed full of shoes

The mountain of shoes in this 10×15 storage unit was endless.

5x10 storage unit

These shoes were collected from a local Catholic school shoe drive. Chucks were the most popular shoe of choice.

The Team 1

StorageMart Shoe Drive

StorageMart in Columbia, MO and Jefferson City, MO will collect shoes to be used for digging a well in Haiti.

moving truck

Richard Presberry stacked 4,199 pounds of shoes in the moving truck.

Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc

Richard and Iva Presberry operate Hope for Caribbean Kids, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of children in Haiti.

shoe storage

Shoes poured from bags and boxes.

shoe storage

Shoes piled high waiting to be matched with their soulmate

packed moving truck

Iva Presberry was delighted to deliver 4,199 pounds of shoes to Shoeman Water Projects

boot storage

“These boots are made for walking” rang in our heads throughout the day and these boots will walk far, indeed.

packing tips

We ran out of black bags just before we repurposed our local blue recycle bag for the final bundle of shoes.

shoes to water

Shoes will be sold to developing countries and the proceeds will be used to dig a well in Haiti.

Sarah Little (35 Posts)

Sarah Little, Interactive Marketing Director at StorageMart, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She serves as Vice President and on the Board of Directors for the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association and also on the Board of Directors for Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc., both are non-profit groups dedicated to improving the lives of children.


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