OSF St. Joseph Medical Center and OSF Medical Group Podiatrist Todd Snoeyink, DPM, will sponsor the 13th annual OSF Shoe Drive from August 7 through August 16. The Shoe Drive will benefit Home Sweet Home Ministries in Bloomington, Ill.
New with this year’s drive, the community can utilize the outdoor drop-off locations 24 hours a day. Large, metal HSHRenew bins from Home Sweet Home Ministries will be placed at the following locations:
- OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in the parking lot along Veteran’s Parkway
- OSF Medical Group – College Avenue (1701 E. College Avenue, Bloomington) in the parking lot off Jumer Drive
- Center for Health at Fort Jesse (2200 Fort Jesse Road, Normal) in the parking lot off Ft. Jesse Road
There will also be five drop-off locations within OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, one inside each entrance (A-E), for donations during regular business hours.
The sponsors are asking the Bloomington-Normal community to donate new or gently used men’s, women’s, and children’s shoes. The sponsors also ask the public to rubber band or zip tie each pair of shoes together before dropping them in the collection bins to help with the sorting process. Please do not drop shoe boxes into the bins. For donations requiring a receipt, please go directly to Home Sweet Home Ministries located at 303 East Oakland Avenue, Bloomington.
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.
Over the past 12 years, OSF has collected more than 19,000 pairs of shoes – all donated to Home Sweet Home Ministries.
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.