Shoe Collection Falls Victim to COVID
The office answering machine had a message from Ivy Chapel, a United Church of Christ congregation in St. Louis County. Did our parish know what had become of the Shoeman?
I called Fredna Scroggins, who has coordinated the Outreach effort to collect gently-used shoes for an organization that sells them and uses the proceeds to fund wells and other water projects in underdeveloped areas. Fredna had discovered about 6 weeks ago that the program had closed its doors. Schnucks is no longer serving as a collection site.
I called to let Ivy Chapel know what Fredna had learned and got an update from them.
Shoeman had changed its name to Shoe Crew. Its website describes its mission but not the fact that it is currently closed. Ivy Chapel learned that COVID has left Shoe Crew unable to sanitize the shoes before reselling them. The 200 shoes Ivy Chapel had collected for Shoe Crew are headed to Goodwill.