Donate shoes to help shelter animals

Saving Our Companion Animals – Fort Bend County (SOCA-FBC) is conducting a shoe collection drive through May 14 to raise funds for homeless companion animals from Fort Bend County Animal Services.

SOCA-FBC will earn funds based on the number of pairs collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase all of the donated goods. Those dollars will help fund programs that help the animals become ready for adoption, treat the sick or injured, transport to partner rescues throughout the country, or make their stay at the shelter more comfortable. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used or new shoes at Fort Bend County Animal Services, 1210 Blume Road, Rosenberg.

All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise partners in developing nations. Funds2Orgs helps impoverished people start, maintain and grow businesses in countries such as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa. Proceeds from the shoe sales 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 excited about our shoe drive,” said Rita Garretson, President of SOCA-FBC. “We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like donate to us and help those less fortunate become self-sufficient. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

By donating shoes to the SOCA-FBC, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives.

For more information on SOCA-FBC, visit www.soca-fbc.org. For information about Fort Bend County Animal Services, visit www.fortbendcountypets.com. Local organizations interested in learning more about conducting a shoe drive of their own can visit Funds2orgs.com.

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