FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)– Have used shoes that you’re ready to replace? Consider donating them to further a good cause.
A shoe drive Saturday is raising funds for research and programs dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer.
The efforts are in honor of Emily Jovevski, who passed away from her battle with cancer in 2018. Emmystrong, a Relay For Life team for GOLDTOGETHER, is led by Jodi Jovevski– Emily’s mother.
“My daughter Emily was diagnosed with cancer when she was 14 and passed away in 2018,” Jovevski said. “So we are carrying on her legacy of wanting to help kids. She always wanted to be a nurse for pediatric cancer patients, so we’re carrying on her legacy and raising money for kids with pediatric cancer.”
Jovevski’s goal for the drive is to collect 100 bags of shoes, and the team had already collected 28 bags before the event. The amount of money raised is determined by the total weight of the shoes collected.
The donated shoes give impoverished people the opportunity to start their own businesses. “They will be collected and then will be repurposed and sent to developing countries where micro-entrepreneurs will resell them,” Jovevski said.
The shoe drive is at Rusty’s Ice Cream from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Gently worn, used and new shoes are accepted.