Shoe collection to benefit local baseball program

The Red Alert Baseball Program in Seymour is conducting a shoe drive through Jan. 25 to raise funds for tournament fees and uniforms.

The organization will earn funds based on the total weight of the shoes collected, as Funds2Orgs will purchase all of the donated footwear. Those dollars will benefit Red Alert.

Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used or new shoes at Bases Loaded Indoor Baseball and Softball Facility, 310 Thompson Road, Seymour.

All donated shoes will be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise partners in developing nations. Funds2Orgs helps impoverished people start, maintain and grow businesses in countries such as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa.

Proceeds from the shoe sales are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send her son to law school.

"We are excited about our shoe drive," 10U team Manager Jessica Rawls said.

"We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us and help those less fortunate become self-sufficient. It’s a win-win for everyone," coach Corey Rawls added.

By donating gently worn, used and new shoes to the Red Alert Baseball Program, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives.