The Jamestown Dollars for Scholars (JDFS) Shoe Drive which ran from January through May of 2019, was a huge success thanks to the
generosity of Jamestown and surrounding communities, organizers said.
During the drive, 7,400 pairs of new and gently used shoes (all sizes and all types from athletic to snow boots, dress shoes to tennis shoes, flip flops, cleats, etc.) were collected and bagged by school, community and area volunteers. On June 8, the Jamestown Blue Jay football team helped load all 296 bags of into the semi and they began their journey to developing nations.
Over 30 schools, churches and businesses in the Jamestown area served as collection sites during the drive. Additionally, shoes were
collected at a Blue Jay basketball game, Jamestown Area Childcare Services, March Madness Shoe Drive, St. James Basilica vacation Bible school, Jamestown Middle School Primetime challenge and Jamestown High School Day of Service.
Many residents went above and beyond to encourage their book club, co-workers, neighbors, Bible study, family
and friends to clean out closets and donate their shoes. The Jamestown Volunteer Center provided assistance in collecting
the shoes from the collection locations. R..M Stoudt provided storage space for the shoes.
Lincoln Elementary was the top school collection site donating over 600 pairs of shoes. Students earned an extra half hour of recess for their donation efforts.
Every year, 600 million pairs of shoes end up in landfills. The 7,400 pairs of shoes collected will be sold by micro-businesses in other countries. JDFS will be paid for the number of pounds of shoes donated and the funds raised will be used to provide scholarships to JHS seniors.
To learn more about Jamestown Dollars for Scholars, contact Elaine Hegland at 320-4615 or DeAnn Ament at 701-391-1386
or any JDFS board member.