Members of the Burbank National Charity League (NCL) collected hundreds of pairs of shoes from the Zonta Club and Domestic Violence Task Force, in addition to nearly a thousand pairs more donated by the Burbank YMCA on Tuesday, September 16.
“Our NCL class has been collecting old shoes as a fundraiser for the girls’ senior presentation to take place in the Spring of 2016,” commented Burbank NCL President Kim Kaufman.
“The shoes will be sent overseas to be used in small business enterprises for individuals and families,” Kaufman continued. “The second hand shoes provide merchandise for resale in developing nations, often business run by women.”
The Burbank YMCA’s shoe donation campaign runs from August 18 through September 30. YMCA members have been asked to donate gently worn shoes. By the end of the campaign, Kaufman estimates the Y members will have donated close to 2000 pairs of shoes.
Zonta Club and the Domestic Violence Task Force decided to donate the 200 pairs of shoes from a domestic violence display at the Town Center Mall held earlier this year to the NCL’s shoe drive as well.
“They heard about our shoe drive from the Y and with the display over, needed to find new souls for the old soles,” explained Kaufman.
The NCL’s Burbank chapter is a group of local mothers and daughter who work together on philanthropic, cultural and educational activities, according to their website.
“We have received shoes from Walt Disney Imagineering, SGE Volleyball and many individuals from Burbank,” added Kaufman. “We’re also keeping shoes out of our landfills.“