Nazareth Home hosting used shoe drive to help provide safe water to people around the world

Nazareth Home is helping to provide safe water to people around the world by hosting a shoe drive from Feb 1 – 28. Shoes of any size and condition can be dropped off in the vestibules at either Nazareth Home campus, between 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. We will donate the shoes to WaterStep, a nonprofit that uses training and technology to create long-lasting water solutions for developing countries.

Once the shoes are collected and donated to WaterStep, they are sold to an exporter. The funds raised from the sale of the shoes go to WaterStep’s work of providing safe water solutions to people in third world communities and disaster hit areas. The shoes are then repurposed and re-sold in marketplaces providing affordable footwear to those in need. WaterStep collects on average 30,000 pounds of shoes each month. That’s 30,000 pounds of waste kept from going into landfills.

The global drinking water crisis is the world’s most pressing health emergency. Nearly 800 million people lack access to safe drinking water, and every 60 seconds, a child dies from waterborne illness. By donating your new or used shoes to WaterStep, your family will help provide a sustainable supply of safe drinking water to thousands of children and families who desperately need it. Just a few minutes spent collecting shoes from your closets, basement or garage can make a real difference — a difference that ultimately saves lives.

Nazareth Home was established in 1976 as a healthcare ministry sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. WaterSteps is part of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth’s Care for the Earth mission.

We appreciate your participation in helping bring safe drinking water to children and families around the world.

Drop-off Locations:

Nazareth Home Highlands
2000 Newburg Road
Louisville, Kentucky 40205

Nazareth Home Clifton
2120 Payne Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40206

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