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Thousands of local shoes going all over the world

Fundraiser benefits hospital and developing nations


Coulee Medical Center workers load some 3,375 pair of shoes that will eventually go to people in developing nations. It was all part of the hospital guild's used-shoe drive that started last July. From left are Tyler Best, Bryan McCleary, Kraig Fuller and David Seton. Driver of the truck, in the background, is Jorgy Carrelas. The guild had established collection points at various local stores. – Roger S. Lucas photo

There are a number of closets in the coulee area that are missing some shoes.

The Coulee Medical Center Guild reported last week that its collection of shoes, which started last July, has netted the organization some 3,375 pairs of shoes.

Guild President Clea Pryor thanked the many community members who gave shoes to the local drive. The local shoe drive is part of a national drive to acquire shoes for people living in developing nations.

A collection truck was at the hospital last Wednesday to pick up the shoes: 135 bags, each with 25 pairs of shoes, or 3,375 pairs of shoes.

The guild had placed collection boxes in a number of local business establishments.

Pryor had stated at the beginning of the drive that it is estimated that 650 million pairs of shoes end up in the country's landfills every year.

"Now people in third-world countries will get the benefit," Pryor noted.

The shoe drive had an additional benefit for the guild; the collection of shoes will return an estimated $1,300 to $1,500 to the guild. The actual return will depend on how much the shoes weigh.

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