Date(s) - 12/21/2020 - 02/18/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Museum of Chincoteague Island with support of the Gathering of the Island Gnomes Launches Shoe Drive
Chincoteague Island, Virginia December 21, 2020 – The Museum of Chincoteague Island is conducting a shoe drive from December 21, 2020 through February 18, 2021, to raise funds in light of an absence of income this year due to the pandemic. The Museum of Chincoteague Island will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected, as Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the collected shoes. The goal is to fill 100 bags with 25 pairs of shoes in each bag. Those dollars earned will benefit continued programming and upkeep of the Museum. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes at the drop box located in the Museum’s courtyard 7125 Maddox Boulevard, Chincoteague Island, or at Shore Post and Parcel Business Center located at 4019 Main Street, Chincoteague Island.
All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise (small business) partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drives are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.
“We are excited about our shoe drive,” said Bryce VanStavern, Executive Director. “We know that many people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us. By doing so, we raise money for the Museum, and we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
By donating gently worn, used and new shoes to the Museum of Chincoteague, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives around the world.
About the Museum of Chincoteague Island
The mission of the Museum of Chincoteague is to collect and preserve the material culture that reflects the historical progression of the life on Chincoteague Island. We display and interpret those objects to enhance the understanding of various experiences and events from the towns past by preserving objects of significance, along with proper documenting of their history and acquisition, for the use of further generations in understanding the history of Chincoteague Island.
Bryce VanStavern, Executive Director