StorageMart recently joined Charity Storage partner the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association (CMFCAA) to raise the level of awareness of the needs of children living in foster care in the state of Missouri. “Shoe In for Foster Care” was a month-long drive to collect donated shoes, during which nearly 4,800 pairs of shoes were accumulated. Those shoes were then lined up on the steps of the Missouri State Capitol, creating a visual representing the “forgotten souls” without a permanent home to call their own.
“The Shoe In for Foster Care event was a unique opportunity for CMFCAA to visually represent the more than 10,000 children and youth currently living in foster care in the State of Missouri,” CMFCAA Program Director Nicole Elliott said. “The goal was to advocate for, raise awareness of and find forever families for Missouri’s foster children. We were excited to see so many people come out to support us and were thrilled at how many people stopped and asked how they could best make a difference in a child’s life.”
Following the event on the Capitol steps, the shoes were collected and donated to Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc. Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc. will work in coordination with the Shoeman Water Project to sell the shoes to help fund the building of schools in Haiti and clean water programs in both Haiti and Kenya.
“StorageMart has been a longtime friend and supporter of CMFCAA and Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc.,” StorageMart Marketing Director Sarah Little said. “We were grateful for the opportunity to play a role in an event which will not only benefit local communities, but also create a ripple effect across the world.”
About the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association
Founded in 2007 by former foster children and foster parents, CMFCAA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating, supporting and advocating for foster care and adoptive children in Central Missouri by partnering with community and governmental agencies to provide services and develop healthy and self-sufficient individuals and families.
CMFCAA is the only community service organization in Central Missouri providing for the needs of foster and adoptive children beyond state required levels. CMFCAA is currently assisting more than 640 foster families and 1400 foster children across 13 counties in Mid-Missouri.Their goal is to be a line of support in the area to those families and youth in need. For more information, please visit http://www.ccfosteradopt.com/.
Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, StorageMart owns and operates 149 full-service self storage facilities throughout the United States and Canada. In addition to renting out self storage units, StorageMart properties offer for purchase a wide variety of high quality packing and moving supplies, making each StorageMart a one-stop shopping spot for all moving, packing and storage needs. For more information, visit www.storage-mart.com.
StorageMart Gives is the charitable arm of the company, striving to identify non-profit organizations to work with as partners in each market StorageMart calls home. With the help of Charity Storage, an industry-wide giving program, StorageMart assists in the mission of the American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, local animal shelters, women’s shelters, food banks and child foster care and adoption programs.