Rome Rotary joins shoe drive, seeks cleats for kids

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The Rome Rotary Club is joining the New Hartford Club in the shoe drive to support Micro Enterprises in developing countries, according to an announcement by Rome club officials on Tuesday.

In addition to collecting new and gently worn shoes, the Rome Club has set a goal of collecting 1,000 pairs of youth sports cleats. All types of cleats and shoes (except ice skates and ski boots) will be accepted until Wednesday, March 31.

The nonprofit organization Funds2Orgs runs this program worldwide to set up sustaining businesses that are instrumental in helping raise people out of poverty while providing a way for organizations and clubs to raise funds.

Last year, despite the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rome Rotary Club and RFA Interact club raised over $1,500 to support local service projects — and efforts like the shoe drive are essential, officials say, in helping continue the Rome Rotary Club’s charitable efforts this year.

The shoes bridge a gap of thousands of miles and cultural differences and help people from our community connect and make a difference in the lives of many people across the globe. Rotary receives 40 cents for each pair of shoes — with the funds then going back to support community service projects.

There are five local drops off points for shoe donations:

1605 N. George St., Rome;

Rome Free Academy Guidance Office, 95 Dart Circle, Griffiss Business and Technology Park;

First Presbyterian Church, 108 W. Court Street, Rome;

Westernville Presbyterian Church, 7696 Stokes-Westernville Road;

St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church, 502 W. Chestnut St., Rome; and

Rail and Canal Restaurant, 6611 Martin St., Rome.

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