Habitat shoe drive ends

Published 9:38 am Thursday, October 8, 2015

By Stephanie Nelson

The Brewton Standard

The Escambia County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity shoe drive is over.

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Executive Director Lisa Tindell said the effort saw more than 3,000 pairs donated by residents from Brewton to Atmore.

During the drive, residents donated unwanted pairs of shoes, which will now be sold to a company who provides them to those in under-privileged countries.

“We collected 3,125 pairs, which is a testament to the support Habitat receives from the people of this community,” Tindell said. “We can’t thank those that donated enough.

“The great thing about this effort is that not only does it help to shoe those who don’t normally have shoes, the money from the sale of those shoes goes to help build the next Habitat house here,” she said.

Tindell said plans are underway for a spring 2016 build in either Brewton or Atmore.

“Our family selection committee is narrowing down the candidates for our next Habitat family, and that determination will decide where our next build will be,” she said.

Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to providing quality, affordable housing to needy families. Estimated building cost for a Habitat home is $65,000.

“So that money we raised doesn’t quite get us where we need to be to build an entire house, but it will definitely help in purchasing some windows and doors,” she said.

Tindell expressed her deep appreciation to those at Georgia Pacific for allow a collection box on site, as well as the “hundreds of others” who donated.