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Jul
21
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Community Shoe Drive in Peoria

When communities come together to collect shoes, they support water projects around the world. That is exactly what one Peoria community did.

Peoria Shoes

When accountant Denise Henderson from Peoria, IL saw the impact that her church made through a shoe drive, she decided she could multiply their efforts by starting even more shoe drives in the area. Henderson works for the Iona Group and alongside other motivated coworkers,  they contacted local businesses, churches, and organizations to host shoe drop-sites.

The Iona Group has been extremely successful, collecting 11,000 shoes in 2012, and over 15,000 in 2013. The Peoria community’s efforts will provide safe water to more people across the globe.

Starting August 1st, the Iona Group’s third shoe drive will begin with 45 drop-sites around the Peoria and Morton areas.

Iona Group Photo

“As a community, Peoria has done a fantastic job in collecting shoes, probably more so than any other community that we work with,” said Water Step Chief Operating Officer Greg Holt. “And we’re in several different states collecting shoes.”

The next shoe drive will kick off on August 1st. Check out more info in this article form Central Illinois Proud or this article from the Journal Star.

You can call Denise at 309-263-4662 to get involved.