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Northminster's Mission Committee is hosting its sixth shoe drive benefiting WaterStep, a non-profit organization that works to bring water purifiers to regions of the world that do not have access to clean water and provides safe water solutions to areas impacted by disasters.

All shoe types and sizes are accepted as long as they are free of mold/mildew and holes. Shoes can be dropped off at the church on Saturday August 17 and Saturday August 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers will be there to help unload and will be sorting, bagging and weighing the shoes. If you can help, please sign up on the volunteer sheet which will be posted on the bulletin board by the side entrance to the Family Room.

Northminster has collected more than 22,000 lbs of shoes in the last five years. Let's see how many more pounds we can collect. Please spread the word with the postcards inserted in the Sunday bulletins. Give them to your family, friends, coworkers, your plumber, your accountant, the cashier at Kroger and whoever else you may know.

So how do your unwanted shoes save lives?

By helping raise funds for WaterStep, a non-profit organization whose mission is providing safe water to communities in developing countries through empowerment, equal access and transformative hope. 

Shoes that are donated are sold to an exporter. The shoes are then sold to local vendors instead of giving them away. WaterStep is thus contributing to micro-enterprise ventures that benefit the economy. Shoes that are no longer wearable are recycled.

Access to water is one of the biggest problems that humanity faces.  Today, more than 660 million people live without safe water. That's 1 in 10 people on the planet. The problem is a deadly one. More people die every year from waterborne illnesses and poor sanitation than from armed conflict. Children are the most vulnerable; a child dies every 60 seconds from diarrheal diseases. While the problem is huge, the solutions are simple. Using simple tools and effective training, an empowered community can learn to take care of its own water for generations. WaterStep equips people around the world with the tools, technology and training to provide safe water in their own communities. Since 1995, WaterStep has worked in more than 40 countries, and currently has 96 active projects worldwide. 

Please visit their website for more information on the important work that they do.