When you come to shop, bring a pair or more of gently used shoes. Shoes should be tied, rubber-banded, or bagged together. The shoes collected and funds raised from exporting the shoes will help to buy well-drilling rigs and water purification systems.
Whole Foods Market – Town & Country
1160 Town & Country Crossing Drive, Town & Country, MO 63017
Shoe Drop Offs: October 1 – 31, 2012
“Whole Foods Market - Town and Country is proud to partner with Shoeman Water Projects. They are well-known throughout the community for the work they are doing for people around the world and we are honored to be part of their mission” says Diane Van Booven, Whole Kids Club Coordinator for the Town and Country store.
3.575 million people die each year from water related disease. That is equal to the city of Los Angeles or a little over half of the state of Missouri according to water.org. According to Shoeman Water Projects 100,000 pairs of shoes = 1 drill = 2,000 people receiving fresh, clean water. Shoeman Water Projects has collected over 2 million shoes since 2008. This equates to four well-drilling rigs, more than 250 wells drilled serving more than 200,000 people, and installation of water purification systems and repairs to well pumps that serve clinics, schools and villages across the globe.
“With the generous support of Whole Foods Market – Town & Country we hope to spread the word in the month of October that a small donation of a pair of shoes can provide water to those who thirst,” said George Hutchings, Founder and CEO of Shoeman Water Projects.
Visit Shoeman Water Projects to learn more about the organization at www.shoemanwater.org.
About Shoeman Water Projects
One pair of donated shoes serves two! One pair of shoes provides affordable shoes and clean, fresh water. Shoeman Water Projects is a project of Eagle Wings Ministries, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, working to alleviate as much human suffering as possible. Shoeman Water Projects picks up donated used and new shoes from businesses, churches, schools, special events and shoe drives. Once collected, the Shoeman exports the shoes to street vendors in South America, Haiti, Kenya and other places where people need affordable shoes. Shoe resale builds the local developing economy with retail businesses and affordable shoes. The money the Shoeman receives from exporting the shoes is used to purchase well drilling rigs, water purification systems, and other supplies to bring clean, fresh water to those who thirst. Additionally, groups and organizations planning mission trips have the opportunity to purchase a water purification system and receive training on water purification, health and hygiene that they can pass along to the people they serve.
About Whole Foods Market®
Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company's motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 69,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 15 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2011, the company had sales of more than $10 billion and currently has more than 325 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.