Zachary Kiwanis Club members Bruce Langley and Al Phillips collected nearly 1,000 pairs of shoes April 22 from Zachary schools for the service organization’s annual Shoes for Shots project.
The effort will pay to vaccinate mothers in 24 countries against neonatal tetanus and put shoes on the feet of people in several developing nations, where shoes are hard to get.
Phillips said shoes can be dropped off until 5 p.m. Friday at the Zachary Fire Department, 4525 Main St.
On Saturday, volunteers will bag the shoes and send them to Funds2orgs.com, an organization that will pay Kiwanis 40 cents per pound of shoes.
Phillips said 2½ pairs equates to about $1.80, which is enough to vaccinate a mother and prevent a child’s death.
The organization also will assist in redistributing the donated shoes to microbusinesses in other countries that will employ people to clean and sell the shoes at affordable prices to those who need them.
Shoes of any kind — sneakers, loafers, flip flops, high heels, wedges, ballet slippers, boots and even roller blades — in good condition are needed.
“This would be a great time to clean our your shoe closet for a very worthy cause,” Phillips said.
For information about the Kiwanis project, call Phillips at (225) 654-0012.