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Northminster's Mission Committee is hosting its eighth 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.

Many thanks to all who made the eighth WaterStep shoe drive a success!! A total of 4,877 pounds of shoes were donated, which makes a grand total of 42,420 pounds of shoes donated to WaterStep over the last eight years. That's a lot of clean water for those who desperately need it!! The church's ninth drive will be held August 20th and 27th in 2022. 

Front row from left: Jim Martin, Terry Dersch, Judy Heaton, Nancy Baker
Back row from left: Susan Dersch, Emily Aldinger, Melanie Martin, Dwight McCormick, Jim Griffin, David Hapner

Let's see how many more pounds we can collect. Please spread the word to your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers.

Dwight McCormick and David Hapner 

So how do your unwanted shoes save lives?

Shoes that are donated are sold to an exporter, and the funds are used to support Waterstep’s work. (Walking/running/tennis shoes sell for more than other types of shoes.) The shoes are then sold to local vendors in third world countries instead of giving them away. WaterStep is thus contributing to micro-enterprise ventures that benefit the economy, and shoes are getting places where they are needed.

Why water? Water is the most essential element of life but can also be one of the most dangerous. Today, more than 748 million people live without clean water, and 2.5 billion people live without toilets every day of their lives. Children are the most vulnerable with 1,400 children dying every day from diarrheal diseases linked to the lack of safe water and adequate sanitation and hygiene. Unsafe drinking water, inadequate availability of water for hygiene and lack of access to sanitation together contribute to 88% of deaths from diarrheal diseases. The single most effective intervention is hand washing with soap, which would cut diarrheal deaths nearly in half. In addition, 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 50 countries, and currently has 96 active projects worldwide, with more in the pipeline.

Please visit their website for more information on the important work that they do. Thank you for your support!