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Kiski Area girls volleyball team wants your gently worn shoes, boots for its Shoe Drive fundraiser

October 6, 2018
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Two Kiski Area Girls Volleyball team players, Emma Beck and Lilli Harding, sort through the shoes donated to their team fundraiser.

You might not find the Kiski Area girls volleyball team wearing a pair of cowboy boots or black, slingback pumps on the court, but they are collecting them and other gently worn footwear for its Shoe Drive in progress until Nov. 16.

There will be a public collection day Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the main entrance of Kiski Area High School, 240 Hyde Park Road, Allegheny Township. The public can also drop off shoes at the high school office, the Allegheny Township Community Building and at Kiski girls volleyball games.

Apparently, gently worn shoes make money, by the pound, according to Jodi Fowler of the Kiski Area Volleyball Boosters. The boosters hope to collect at least $1,000 from 100 bags of donated shoes; each bag holds 25 pairs.

Funds2Orgs, a for-profit, will pay the Kiski team for the footwear and will then sell the shoes to micro businesses in developing countries, which will refurbish or re-purpose the footwear.

Besides collecting the shoes to raise money, the volleyball team is setting up a score for the district’s Cavaliers Closet by donating the nicer footwear to the closet, which provides clothing and other items free to students in need.

Senior Nathaniel Farabaugh, a senior from Avonmore who helps with the Cavaliers Closet, said the shoes would add to those already in stock. It’s important to keep the Closet stocked and at the ready to help students, Farabaugh said. “Some kids, if they want a shirt they can have it. Or if they need breakfast.”

In return, the Closet will give to the volleyball team some of their shoes that students haven’t yet taken a shine to.

“It’s a great thing to do,” said Lilli Harding, 17, an 11th- grader who is on the volleyball team. Besides asking others to give, Harding donated some of her own shoes.

Another team member, Emma Beck, 14, a freshman, added: “We decided to do something original to collect shoes for the volleyball team because we can give them to people in need.”

This is the volleyball team’s first foray into a shoe fundraiser -- a different kind of effort than selling hoagies.

“We wanted something new that we didn’t have to sell, and we wanted to make a difference in the community,” Fowler said.

The volleyball team is accepting shoes of all stripes -- boots, athletic wear, dress heels, spikes, flip-flops and cleats.

Shoes must be paired and should be clean and without holes.

Proceeds from selling the shoes will pay for external training, uniforms, and other needs for the girls’ volleyball team.

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