Local Organization Holds Shoe Drive for Haiti
COLUMBIA - Iva Presberry woke up early Wednesday to drive from Jefferson City to Columbia, but any fatigue didn't show. Iva and her husband Richard Presberry, along with other volunteers, collected donated shoes from various Storage Mart locations in Columbia to raise money for a well in Haiti. They plan to sell the shoes to Shoeman Water Projects in Manchester, MO. The organization buys shoes and then redistributes them to people in need.
The Presberrys run Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to serving children in Haiti. Presberry said due to drought conditions, water in some regions of Haiti is scarce, and kids and adults alike are desperately in need of a well.
"We just want people to be aware that we are grateful, and they can keep bringing shoes for the folks out in Haiti," Presberry said. "It looks like thousands of shoes are coming in here today, so we're hopeful it's going to continue."
All proceeds from the shoe drive will go toward the building of the well. "We appreciate everything we can get," Ida said. "We are very active and busy doing what we can to make a difference in Haiti."
The organization's long-term goal is to build a Christian elementary school in Haiti, but Iva said the group prioritizes its efforts to provide immediate help to the country when needed. Iva encourages mid-Missourians to donate shoes to any Storage Mart location in Columbia.