OSF St. Joseph Medical Center and Podiatrist Todd Snoeyink, DPM, collected 3,361 pounds of shoes for local homeless shelter Home Sweet Home Ministries at the 13th annual OSF Shoe Drive. The shoes were delivered to Home Sweet Home at 1:30 p.m. today.
In previous years, the donated shoes were counted by the number of pairs donated. However, due to the growth of this annual drive, the shoes will now be weighed. For comparison, the total shoe donation weight came in around 2,200 pounds last year. Our community not only matched that donation this year, but increased it by over 1,150 pounds!
All wearable shoes will be routed into the Mission Mart Thrift Store at Home Sweet Home Ministries for retail sale. Shoes which are not wearable will be recycled. By directing shoes into the retail store, Home Sweet Home Ministries follows the commitment of allowing clients the opportunity to experience dignity, develop capability, and practice equity. For those not able to purchase shoes due to limited financial resources, Home Sweet Home uses a clothing voucher process, allowing clients to meet their needs through their efforts or in emergent situations.
"OSF St. Joseph Medical Center is a fantastic community partner. Over the past 13 years they have collected over 19,000 pairs of shoes for the benefit of individuals in our community. These shoes will be a real blessing. Many thanks to OSF and the community for their compassionate support of our ministry,” shares Mary Ann Pullin, Chief Executive Officer at Home Sweet Home Ministries.
The OSF Shoe Drive was held August 7 through August 16, 2015. The shoe drive called upon the Bloomington-Normal community to donate new or gently used men’s, women’s, and children’s shoes at eight locations during the week. There were containers at each entrance at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center as well as large, outdoor bins at OSF St. Joseph, Center for Health at Fort Jesse, and OSF Medical Group – College Avenue.
Home Sweet Home Ministries is a full-service homeless shelter open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, and serves those in need with daily meals, shelter, and other social services.
For more information on Home Sweet Home Ministries, visit www.hshministries.org.