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Shoe Drive at FMSA: Community invited to participate
Shoe Drive at FMSA: Community invited to participate

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- If you're running out of shelf space to store your shoes, consider donating a few pairs to the Soles4Souls shoe drive. Through Friday, Nov. 2, First Montessori School of Atlanta, located at 5750 Long Island Drive in Sandy Springs, has a drop box available in the school pavilion to accept donations from the community.

Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) organization that collects shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people like you. Since 2005, the organization has delivered over 19 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes to people in more than 125 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal and the United States.

Your gift of footwear is important to children and adults around the world. Footwear can help eliminate the spreading of diseases through the foot as well as help children obtain an education since many schools have footwear requirements to attend.

"We're excited to work on this community service project," said First Montessori’s Head of School Jerri King. "Global awareness is one of our core values. We want our students to see beyond themselves and strive to lead socially useful and purposeful lives."

First Montessori School of Atlanta accepts donations of new or gently used shoes of all types and sizes. Each pair should be bound together by a rubber band or the shoelaces.

New and high-grade used shoes are earmarked for crisis relief distribution in the United States or abroad. Lower grade used shoes and shoes inappropriate for crisis relief are provided to microenterprise programs in developing countries such as Haiti, Tanzania and Honduras. Shoes that cannot be used are recycled into clean energy at a U.S. energy-from-waste facility.

For more information about the FMSA shoe drive, contact Director of Marketing Daisy Watson at 404.252.3910 or dwatson@firstmontessori.org.