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Guild's shoe collection still going


Some 80 bags of shoes were stored in a room in the basement of Coulee Medical Center's professional building Friday. The guild is collecting more through the end of this month. - Scott Hunter photo

Collecting shoes for developing countries will continue through the end of this month, Coulee Medical Center Guild president Clea Pryor said this week.

The Guild has been collecting donated shoes since early July, with a goal of getting 100 bags of shoes. They had about 82 bags of shoes as of Tuesday, stored in a room in the basement of Coulee Medical Center's professional building.

Collection points are at Coulee Hardware, Sunflower Graphics, Loepp Furniture, North Cascades Bank, Coulee Dam Federal Credit Union, Eagles Lodge, The Star newspaper and Coulee Medical Center. Folks from Wilbur and beyond have also been donating, Pryor said.

She said many people have shoes that they don't wear anymore and this is a good way to put them to good use.

The goal is 100 bags full of usable shoes. There are approximately 20 pairs of shoes to a bag.

Pryor stated the CMC Guild is part of an international marketing group that will take the shoes and transport them to their destination without cost to the local organization. In fact, the guild will earn about 40ยข/lb., which it will put toward its current goal of providing new shower inserts for hospital rooms.

The group helps local people at the destination set up a shoe store and supplies the shoes for very little, she said. Even mismatched shoes are used to teach repair skills.

She pointed out that there are 650 million pairs of shoes that end up in landfills annually.

"There are a lot of people in the world who will benefit from shoes that are donated here and from other places," Pryor said.

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